Daily Devotional 11-26-19

Power of Community 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. Acts 4:32-35

The members of the early church did not devote themselves to evangelism. They devoted themselves to each other and God. They saw each other every day and often shared a meal together, eating with “great joy and sincere hearts” (Acts 2: 46). How did they do that? Between bites, they chatted about the wonderful life they now had in Christ and they praised God for it.

When they finished their meal, they walked through the neighborhood streets and simply met the needs of the people around them from hearts of gratitude. They were able to share possessions and property as a result of the unity brought by the Holy Spirit in and through the believer’s lives. The sharing was voluntary; it didn’t involve all private property but only as much as was needed; it was not a membership requirement in order to be part of the church. Perhaps their words for each other weren’t always perfect, but their hearts overflowed with the perfect love of Christ who lived in them.

The spiritual unity and generosity of these early believers attracted others to them. Before people knew the doctrine that drove these believing neighbors, they experienced it. The result? People were added to the family of God every day. 

Evangelism was a result of their community.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me be united with other Christians in heart and mind in order to accomplish God’s purpose in the lives of those around me, and in the world.