Yes, beloved reader, for a time after Easter passages from Acts take the place of the Old Testament passages. In Acts we read how this new generation of believers lived and lived out the example that they had seen Jesus the Christ living. And yes, after a time the high standard that aspired to came down to more “normal” living. And yes, one more time, that happens to most new converts. But it is not all a bad thing – actually. Short term hopes turn to long range strategies, and that is how we stay the course to live out a life- long Christian life. But, let us read what the new Christian’s enthusiasm did.
“Now 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. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There 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. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:32-35)
Sounds wonderful, does it not?! There are reasons that this type of community living was started. And reasons why it did not continue. For one, when enough time had passed they realized that Christ was not returning in the short run – after all. And the persecution they experienced intensified until it drove them from their homes. And that communal spirit could not survive being at a distance from those in their faith circles. But they carried with them the spark of faith, and even if possessions were not held in common anymore, their sense of group faith flourished. And the good news spread! Shalom & Selah!
[Oops! This originally posted too soon!]