(sermon by Liz Honeyford)
You can’t believe in me without believing Me.
Very interesting statement, isn’t it?
Yes, I believe in Him but do I believe Him and what He says?
And what do I do with what I believe?
Despite our personality, whether we are an extrovert or introvert, Jesus has put a longing for true community in each of us – a community of people filled with His spirit – where the lion and the lamb, the strong and the weak, the courageous and the fearful do life together with Him.
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Acts 2. 43,44
Something happened in these people’s perspective of time.
They ate in each other’s homes – that’s time consuming.
Someone once said, “There will be no change in our lives without a change in our schedules.”
These Christians in Acts? Their time was used very differently. They changed their days and made space and time for each other.
Something happened to these people’s relationships.
They didn’t hold on tightly to their “stuff” – they held on tightly to each other.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (vs. 44) In this context, “everything in common” meant, “to de-sacredize” their stuff.” They sold their possessions and shared with everyone. All things held in common for the sake of others.
Something happened to these people’s hearts.
These Christians were “filled with awe,” (vs.43) “glad and sincere” (vs.48)
They allowed their lives to become completely interrupted with each other. They became a community that took care of its own.
My favourite part of yesterday’s sermon was the verse shared from Leviticus 23.22
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.
Our pastor reminded us not to use all of our resources on ourselves. Don’t reap to the edge of our schedules, our stuff, our money. Live a life of margins so that we always have space to give to others.
This is what Jesus says about community. Do I believe Him?
I do . . .
. . .and we shared a wonderful roast beef with friends last night.
I am so thankful for strong teaching, creative challenges and loving presence in our church.