The Generous Gift of Community | Acts 2:46-47 | Devotional
Acts 2:46-47 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 favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The need for community is embedded deep within the human heart. From the neighborhood bar to a book club; from golfing buddies to a section of season ticket holders…we yearn for a place to be known and accepted. I have asked retired professional athletes what they miss most after leaving their sport. They tell me that it’s not so much the game they miss; it’s the camaraderie of the locker room.
The need for community is embedded deep within the human heart because God put it there. He desires us to be in relationship with him and with each other. That’s why he ordained the Christian community. The early church met together regularly, enjoyed meals together, and worshiped together. And the world was attracted to the vibrant community.
The church is not made up of perfect people. We are broken and wounded. And many are still trying to find a place to deposit their past baggage. We are sinners with this in common—we have been saved by grace! It’s our relationship with Jesus that changes everything. And real community that is focused on Jesus is still attractive to the world.
Father, thank you for the Body of Christ—the Church! Thank you for inviting the likes of us into your great community! In Jesus name. Amen.