If you know me at all, have heard me speak or follow this blog you know how passionate I am about the devotion of the believers in Act chapter 4. For this post specifically verses 44, 46 and 47.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. …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. (NIV)
Right now if you’re thinking you’ve heard this scripture before, he talks about this all the time, well you’re right! And if you’re following what God is saying through me then you’re gonna hear it again and tomorrow you might hear it again and then you may hear it again the next time I post or preach! And here’s why.
Last week I had the privilege to see 28 people of mixed race, contrasting social classes and assortment denominational backgrounds meet in a home one evening and have everything in common, be together, break bread…and eat together with glad and sincere hearts, enjoying the favor of all people. And as a result people are meeting Jesus and lives are being changed!! Wow, it’s like the Bible says it, we do it and it happens like the Bible says it would…WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT!
I remember standing there and looking over the crowd as I tried to catch my breath between hot dog runs to the grill, and thinking, “Man, God must be really smiling right now because this is what it’s all about!” Not the fun and games part of it, though it did rock the house, but rather the people being God’s people part of it.
I was again reminded by a friend this week as we discussed some things on a very personal level in our home just how powerful and intimate relationships become by having people in our homes. It creates a comfortable atmosphere that allows us to open up in a way we can’t in formal settings.
Let me make this very clear this is not a cheap plug for the church who is worshipping in our home. NO NOT AT ALL! This has nothing to do with where you spend your Sunday and Wednesday. This is a call to Christian brothers and sisters worshipping everywhere to have people in your home early and often so we can create environments and opportunities to lean on each other, relate to each other, and open up to each other which in turn allows the Healer to come in. Our own stories and lives are our best ministering tools.
BTW…this coming together doesn’t mean just the people in your click, yes, churches have clicks too. If you didn’t know that fact it may be because you’re in one. If that hurt, good. How do you know if you're in one? Ugh...my tongue is bleeding because my teeth are clamped down on it...I'm holding back here for a later post. I'll keep it to this for today verse 47… enjoying the favor of ALL people. All means all.
There was a reason this description of the first church in Acts was written so descriptive and specific in it’s calling for us to be in each others homes. The apostles saw first hand the power as …the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.