“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.” Acts 4.32-36
If only we could return to the good old days when everyone just got along. When all followers of Christ were in sync with the Spirit. When everyone worked toward the common goal, when no one possessed anything except what was shared in unity for the purpose of the church.
Unfortunately, those days of euphoric utopia did not last too long. Which doesn’t suggest it isn’t our goal and end game. Perhaps it should still remain as an endeavor for which we strive. Having one heart and mind, sharing everything they had, and testifying about the resurrection of Jesus are all good things. And as a result, ”God’s grace was powerfully at work in them all.”
Much is mentioned about people selling land, houses and fields and bringing the profits to the apostles and laying them at their feet. The generosity was significant. The willingness for people to maintain the mission and propel the Gospel mattered above everything else.
Sometimes we find ourselves swimming up stream. This week I answered theological questions from a church in my own denomination on whether or not the programming we were putting on were ”theologically and spiritually sound.” I quoted much from our common book of Discipline as well as the Scriptures. It’s sad that I had to quote back to those who were questioning. I was like ”lets just look at who we are, what we agree upon, and the structure already in place for mission and ministry.” I course I didn’t say that, I showed patience and compassion.
But us Methodists aren’t the only Christians trying to get along, the Baptists in Texas are struggling to remain connected to one another and to stay true to the mission. So when I read Acts 4.32, I wish for those times, when ”all believers were one heart and mind.”
Maybe the Lord Jesus will return soon to unite us under his banner of truth and love. I pray for the day when we return to the idea, albeit in Heaven, when the saints will get in sync with the Savior once again. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
“O Lord God, we are an imperfect people seeking to love a Perfect God. I pray that you might find us willing as we wait for your return. I pray that we might work in unity for the same of the church and your mission for the world. Come now, Holy Spirit, fill us with compassion. Bring us together as you are one eith the Father, Lord Jesus. Help us know the truth of your Word and see the world through your eyes. So that the world might know. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen