community is…

Acts 4:32-37

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

 A community of believers who experience a complete unity.  What a privilege!! The move of the Holy Spirit extended beyond a Sunday morning service, or a Friday night revival.  This move of the Holy Spirit extended to every facet of the diamond of life.  And its brilliance drew those outside this fellowship to its beauty.  Peace, love, care, concern, fellowship, a focus that extends outward rather than inward, a focus that looks to the welfare of all not just self characterized this group.  They are living, putting in action what Jesus taught.

Today there is a world-wide hunger for this same experience.  It can be heard in the rhetoric, seen in the streets, felt on the battlefields.  The hunger for unity, for a world that shares, unites, looks out for all.  However mankind tries to find this place, without God it deteriorates into self-seeking, exclusion, annihilation of all that are different.  As we continue to seek the Holy Spirit’s move in our own lives, this same spirit of community will grow and extend to brothers and sisters around us.  Our world’s change, but God does not.  It is still possible to experience a unity of belief and spirit with fellow believers.

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