Acts 2:40-47; 4:32-35
40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
As I first read today’s readings from Acts, I thought it was strange to hope that all of us at St. John's could be exactly the same . . . are we not better as a group because we are different, and because we have different things to offer?
However, as I think about the fellowship that is alive in our congregation, it is clear to me that we are all different, yet when we come together, no one would notice these major differences. When I walk through the PLC Lobby on Sunday mornings, I am certainly not walking past the tables thinking, "Why on earth would she sit by him?!" Rather, our relationships make sense in spite of our differences because we have the most important thing in common: our devotionto Christ.
There is something about breaking bread together that brings us closer to one another, even when we least expect it. Have you ever thought that you would never get along with a certain person in a million years, but somehow had a chance to get to know them and learned that you are quite similar? Perhaps Jesus pushes us into the most unlikely relationships so that we can see how similar we are to those we would not imagine ourselves in relationship with otherwise.
If it were not for our wonderful Fellowship Ministry Team at St. John's, some of our unlikely relationships might not have formed as they have. Please join me in giving thanks for this team today.
Dear Lord, thank you for our relationships with those we were reluctant to meet. We praise you for the opportunities you present us with in order to make us humble. We pray that we continue to praise you often for these opportunities, and that we would receive these relationships with glad and generous hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Sam Neahring
Director of Children and Family Ministries