Posted by: Rex Boyles | August 31, 2008

“… everything in common …”

It was the first day of the week … the first words of the new covenant … the first invitation to be saved. Three thousand (3000) received the Word and were baptized. Read it (Acts 2). No exaggeration … 

But that should not be surprising … what else would sinners do, who are begging to know what Jesus wants them to do?

It is no wonder that these new disciples “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”. They wanted to learn everything they could about their new Master. They wanted to be together … they wanted to know more of His will …  they wanted to remember Him and count on Him. 

They all had different backgrounds – different languages – different hometowns … but they all shared “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father”.

That is why they had “everything in common”. That is always what happens when believers become brothers.

And it is happening here … at the OPEN. Not because we organized it so …  not because we scheduled it so … but because a group of believers became brothers … because a group of prodigals became partners.

Justin and Lacy … who have opened their home (old and new) to us – for fun and fellowship.

Bart and Lynn …  who have used their businesses to provide jobs for us – and other blessings.

Thomas and Orpha … who have given a van – just when one of us needed it most.

Duane and Riley … who have brought donuts on Sunday morning for months – for all of us to share.

Marc and Randy … who have used their expertise and connections to help us get what we needed.

And others and others … who have given rides – loaned cars – bought lunches – picked up kids – babysat – fed dogs – cleaned toilets – brought groceries – donated vacuums – washed towels – baked brownies – checked papers – filed income taxes – offered wise counsel – wiped away tears – prayed countless prayers – shared the Word – wept with those who weep and rejoiced with those who rejoice. 

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”

I have read of it …

I have heard of it …

But now … I am living in it.

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