The Generous Gift of Community | Acts 4:32 | Devotional
Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
The early church is a great example of what can happen when Christian egos are checked in at the front door. Emboldened and empowered, these early believers moved forward as one person, “one in heart and mind.” So deep was their love for Christ and each other, that they lived in a state of perpetual generosity.
Think of the impact your local church could have if this example was followed. Infighting would stop. Rumors would end. Vision would move from paper to practice. Needs would be met. Spiritual gifts would be exercised. Your community would see that God is doing a powerful work among his people. Christ would be honored.
But…what happens when the example of Acts 4:32 is ignored? Rumors spread. Fighting continues. Vision is only a word. People are hurt. Spiritual gifts atrophy. Your community concludes the church is not that much different than the country club, or the VFW, or the neighborhood bar. Christ is shamed.
Father, thank you for your church—the Bride of Christ. May we do our part to make it look like the church of Acts 4:32. Forgive us if we have been involved in anything to shame the Bride of Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.