Sunday Supernaturally: It’s a Joint Venture

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,

Acts 2:44 NKJV

This characterization of the very first gatherings of believers is usually thought of as referring to temporal stuff.  This spirit of community and spontaneous generosity is inspiring in today’s “me” culture.  It seems to me to go deeper than that.  Kenneth Wuest translates it this way: “And all those who believed were gathered together as a unit and were holding all things in joint-participation.”  They saw themselves as one, a unit.  They recognized that they had things in common, and they were engaged together in a joint venture.

Titus says we share a common faith.  Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, raised again the third day, and is presently seated at the right hand of the Father.  We believe it.  It is our common faith.  Jude says that we share a common salvation.  We were all sinners, in need of a Savior.  We were saved by the unmerited grace of God, and now we are freed from the power and the penalty of sin.  We have redemption in common.  We are Heaven-bound together.  But for the grace of God…

In this world, we also share a common enemy.  The Tempter comes to us all.  Temptations, tests, and trials of every variety are the common experience of humanity, and in particular of Christianity.  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) 

Today, let’s unite in our commitment to overcome.  We do it best together.  Don’t fight your battles alone.  Get in a church that takes these things seriously.  Get some help. We find the way of escape together.  We have all things in common.

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