Friday, January 13, 2012

Acts 2:44-45

Acts 2:44-45
And all the ones who believe were upon the same thing and they were having all things in common.  And they were selling the property and the possessions and they were dividing and distributing the same things to all as much as anyone was having a need. 

Thoughts for Today:

First Thought:

One of the reasons why I love this passage is because these two verses are so challenging.  In addition to the marks of discipleship we saw yesterday, we see fellowship, giving, and service added to the list.  The early followers of Christ actively sold their stuff and gave it to others in service.  This is a dynamic that I don’t often get in American Christianity.  We still get excited when we get new stuff and we aren’t great at sharing.  When we get new electronics, or a new car, or new whatever – we get excited.  We still are a consumer driven people rather than a neighbor driven people.

How much does the pursuit of stuff in your life drive your actions?  How often does the need of your neighbor drive your actions?

Second Thought:

One of the reasons the early church was able to accomplish this wonderful dynamic was because they believed that they would live and die together.  They threw their lots in with each other.  In the face of the massive amount of Jews, what were a handful of Christians?  They had to band together to survive.

Are we more like the early Christians or the Jews in this regard?  Do American Christians feel like we need to band together to survive or are we more likely to approach church with the idea that “I’ll be here until I don’t like it anymore and then I’ll leave?”  How does this get in the way of what God wants to do?

Third Thought:

Same third thought as yesterday.  How good am I at doing what the first followers of Christ are doing in these verses?

So today, the questions are: how good am I at focusing on the people around me and not my technological wonders (or other stuff)?  How good am I at actually giving of what I have or make?

Passage for Tomorrow: Acts 2:46-47
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