October 11, 2010

Everything in Common

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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. - Acts 2:44-47 

Across the world church leaders are extending this passage to their congregations as an example of how the church should look: relational, generous, glad, sincere and people were being saved. So as leaders we bank on those challenges. Spend time with one another. Be sensitive to the needs around you; responding in generosity. Live in gladness and sincerity. Reach non believers! Although recently something new about this passage jumped out at me. They "had everything in common." 

Let's be honest, week after week our churches are filled with wide varieties of people coming from all walks of life. And the likeliness of us having "everything in common" seems far fetched.  Which reminds me of something I heard a preacher once say, "it's not so much that Christians tell lies, as much as they sing lies." Think about it. Our weekly services are filled with times of praise & worship where we sing wonderful things about our God. Songs like "You are my everything" (click here to listen and view lyrics). Yet from the same lips come "I have nothing in common with anyone here." 

I believe the moment we truly have "everything in common" will be the moment the following challenges are fulfilled within our churches:
Spend time with one another, enjoying life together. 
Be sensitive to the needs around you; responding in generosity.
Live in gladness and sincerity. 
Reach non believers!

Is God your Everything? And are you connecting with others who have that in common with you? Let's not just sing about it, let's be about it. 

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