Saturday, February 26, 2011

Utopia - February 26, 2011

Acts 2:42-47 (New International Reader's Version)
42 The believers studied what the apostles taught. They shared life together. They broke bread and ate together. And they prayed. 43 Everyone felt that God was near. The apostles did many wonders and miraculous signs.

44 All the believers were together. They shared everything they had. 45 They sold what they owned. They gave each other everything they needed. 46 Every day they met together in the temple courtyard. In their homes they broke bread and ate together. Their hearts were glad and honest and true.

47 They praised God. They were respected by all the people. Every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

People are always looking for the perfect place, free of want, strife, hunger, pain, that can fulfill all the needs of the human spirit. To many that place, that state of society is called Utopia. This title was derived from Utopia by Sir Thomas More, written in 1516, about an imaginery island representing the perfect society. In the book More describes the ideals in this land pertaining to all manner of society, life and religion.

Today, there are many political ideologues that think they can create the perfect utopian society, based on a socialist governmental system. Unfortunately, the perfect society requires perfect individuals to live perfectly, before all of the ideals of can be met. This is totally unrealistic, because mankind can never be perfect. Inside all of us exists selfishness, greed, contempt, malice, and many sorts of characteristics that would make a perfect co-existence with other impossible.

There is one way tha we can almost get there. A way that we can live in peace and harmony, caring for each other and sharing everything to the mutual benefit of each other. The only way is if we all believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and base that society on living the way He would expect us to, by always following His example. It would only be possible if we fully surrender ourselves to His leadeship.

This was how the early church existed as recorded in the New Testament book of Acts. We read that "they shared life together, broke bread and ate together, they prayed, and everyone felt that God was near. They shared everything they had, sold what they owned, and gave each other everything they needed. Their hearts were glad and honest and true".

Someday soon God will restore everything to the way he originally intended, but until then we need to live out our Christian faith and strive to live like the early church. Not only with our fellow believers, but with everyone we come in contact with. By our example, we can hope to add to our group of fellow believers, and help many to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, while we wait for His return.

Photo from Living Word Fellowship, Ilhas, Goa, India, where they live out their faith in fellowship with other believers in Christ. It is lead by Michael & Shvetha Fernandes, and you can read their story in their "About Us" section of the website.

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