And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
I love this “sharing everything they had” life in the early church! I also love hearing about these kinds of experiences from people right here in our own Church. I asked a friend to share a bit about her Life Group and how “life together” has impacted their walk with Christ and shared community. Here is what she had to say:
“I’m not sure where I’d be without them. I’ve been a part of a life group for about ten years. There isn’t much that we haven’t been through together. We have gathered together around our dinner tables, at our kids performances and ball games, in hospital rooms, and in funeral homes, too. We celebrate holidays, like our annual White Elephant Christmas Party. We have established traditions like ‘Soup Sunday,’ and ‘Taco Tuesday.’
We’ve helped pay for hospital bills, performed Random Acts of Kindness, and we have packed shoeboxes of treasures for kids without Christmas presents. We babysit each other’s kids and cook in each other’s kitchens. We fight for each other, too--often battling through prayer, realizing that our connection deepens as we intercede for each other and believing that things will change because we have prayed in unity.
We have arrived at a beautiful place where there is genuine love and care for each others’ families. And with that devotion comes a fierce desire to hold one another up, to show up when there is a need, and to celebrate like crazy when there is reason to celebrate. It can be challenging and messy, but it’s always rewarding. It’s doing life...Together.”
I’ve heard it said that a healthy church is identified by its continual devotion to one another -- salvation, sharing in the things of God, sharing together in material things, and so much more! Authentic community is such a witness to a watching world. It truly does reflect the heart of God!
Pray for our Church today that we would embody strong biblical community.