Monday, August 23, 2010

Meant to be Shared - August 23, 2010

Acts 2:44-47 (New International Version)
44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 4:32-35 (New Living Translation)
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

How did we ever lose our way? When did we as believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord quit focusing on the right things? Being a Christian is more than a solo pursuit. Unfortunately, many of us dwell only on ourselves and forget that the experience we have been blessed with is meant to be shared. Our faith is not something we should hide and keep to ourselves. The world around us is perishing, and if we could only picture those around us, whether loved ones, friends, or just the person in the next cube, spending their eternity in what is called Hell, we might just have a different attitude about it.

The verses above from the Book of Acts, tells us how the early fellowship of believers shared with one another in a community. I believe that because they embraced one another in their new faith and in love, their witness to the world around them was very attractive. The early church grew quickly because of this, and it was able to survive centuries of persecution and heresy because of they shared and lived out their true faith with one an other.

Imagine what the world would be like if we treated not only fellow believers, but everyone in the manner described above? We were meant to spread our faith and love around, and in doing so offer to those who are hurting and in need a place of rest and peace in Jesus.

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