“And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” Peter had preached a powerful sermon to his fellow Jews with the result that thousands converted to Christ. But it did not end there. These new Christ followers experienced new life in Jesus. The description of this newness is clearly corporate and communal; not only personal and private.
It is more than a growing trend today for many individuals to forsake meeting corporately together as a church. They do not desire the politics and pettiness of church life. I get it. Church is often messy and sometimes a poor representation of Christ. However, just as with love, if we cut ourselves off from relationships in order to avoid hurt and a broken heart, we, at the very same time, sever any chance at the joy and necessity of giving and receiving love.
The early believers in Jesus devoted themselves to life together – a life with Jesus as his Body, the Church. Worship at the Temple together, and gathering together in homes were the spiritual environment in which they thrived. We would do well to emulate their example of reciprocal Christian living.
Gracious God, thank you for sending your Son who came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. As I let others into my life, may our reciprocal relationships form us into your faithful followers through the organizing and energizing power of your Spirit. Amen.