28 January 2014
The early Christians seem to have got it better than us. They lived in closer communities than what we do today.
We now have bigger walls. Both literally and metaphorically.
This morning my kettle broke. So I obeyed my gut feeling (or it could have been a prompting of God) to ask as a (BBM status) if anyone had a spare kettle for me.
Within ten minutes; a kind family from my church offered to give me one of theirs.
Community; in action.
I did; however get another response: “Go to the shops and buy another one.”
That’s too easy to do!
That’s too much of the “westernized” way.
Live separately / “Every man (woman) for themselves.” / Dog eat dog world.
What a shame!
Luke wrote it best in the book of Acts:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Those earlier followers of Jesus; gave to those in need.
They shared what they had.
I don’t feel ashamed (at all) to have asked.
In asking; I feel I encouraged a communal way of living.
And my response: gratitude
And the family that gave: gave with a cheerful spirit.
How well are we doing at helping and reaching the needs of those in our communities?
Whether it be your church community or just the general community around you?
Jesus said; “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20: 35)