Luke has ended his description of the events of Pentecost. The little group of disciples has boomed from 120 (Acts 1:15) to over 3000 (Acts 2:41). The coming of the Spirit has changed everything. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”(Acts 2:42). With so many new Christians, there is so much to teach and so much to learn. They are devoted to worshiping Jesus together. “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles”(Acts 2:43). The apostles are quickly and obviously the leaders of the group and the primary conduit of teaching and the works of the Spirit.
But the group has a fresh kind of unity. “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”(Acts 2:44-45). Some of the new Christians are needy and the group pools money to take care of them, even sacrificing personal possessions to help one another. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved”(Acts 2:46-47). Christianity is a new lifestyle in which disciples share life—worshiping, eating, praising God, and continuing to tell others about Jesus.
From the very beginning, Christians are unified by their spiritual interest and their love for one another. They are all Jews (although not all from Jerusalem), yet it is not the shared cultural identity that ties them together. Likewise for modern Christians—we join together so that we can together learn about Jesus and learn about one another, experiencing that same unique Christian unity.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I appreciate the fact that I can belong to a group of Christians?
One Thing to Pray For: Eyes to see this kind of sacrificial, spiritually-focused unity today
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