And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.
Acts 2:42-47 ESV
I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about community lately, specifically about the practicality of it and how it should play out in our lives. What does it tangibly look like to have community in our lives as believers? This passage is the perfect example. The more I study the church in
Acts 2 and pray about what community should look like, the more God brings me back to this idea of becoming invested. When we study the first century church, we see that these people didn’t put a ton of parameters on what quality time should look like; they just simply lived their lives together. When we invest in one another, we invest in the kingdom of heaven.
When we find ourselves invested into a community, life doesn’t necessarily become easier, but we do have tools to deal with the pain that accompanies the human condition. It becomes easier to be honest with each other, and that honesty produces growth. That is where the second part of this passage comes in. When we are surrounded by community, we naturally see needs get filled. Where there is hurting, community fosters comfort. Where there is financial hardship, communities rally around us to lift us up. This is how humans were made to live. We see Jesus confirm this in Matthew 22:37-39: ““You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The byproduct of loving each other is a healthy community.
I want to challenge you this week to take stock of your community. Do you have people around you whom you trust? Do you have people who are investing in you, and in the same way you are investing into them? The best life is a life filled with community, and as we see in Acts 2, that is the original design of the church. If you don’t have that, then take action. Join a connect group. Start reaching out to friends. Take a step of action.