The early church met together in intimate groups. They shared things in common. They really knew each other.
I am certain their lives were just as busy as ours…just as full of work, family and recreation. Life throughout the centuries has always been so. It seems, they had time for each other. Sure they had their problems…just like us….
but they had God with them, in their midst. They spoke about that often…they couldn’t stay quiet about how God showed up and signs, miracles and wonders were their reality. How they sent missionaries and they were co-labourers in those journeys.
How they shared all things in common..not because they had to or were forced to but because they deeply cared and loved God and each other.
This too, is our opportunity..to live this way. Pressing in to grow and see this lifestyle and culture in our community, through home groups, sharing a meal together in homes, asking God for opportunities to help others – to minister to others needs. It is all possible when we simply share what has been given to us.
This reminds me of the story of the loaves and fish. I wonder how many other people, that day, had brought anything to snack on or if the boy was the only one that offered to share his rather substantial basket of goodies. (perhaps it was enough to feed his whole family) in any case, as we are told, Jesus took the basket and shared it among over 5000 people. That makes me think…if we were to bring whatever we had and did what He did – how many could we feed? Greater things shall you do than these, Jesus said…
So, let’s get to know each other, share together, see God in our midst and let the world see and know that we are His disciples by the way we love one another…and be attracted to join us. His Love draws and changes us and those around us. This is revival culture and not merely an occasion or event…