Praising God and Enjoying People
Verse 47 …praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We have been looking at the various qualities that made the early Church different from their worldly counterparts. We have talked about their devotion to the teaching of the apostles, fellowship, eating together and prayer. Today we touch on a few others and talk about the affect this had on the world around them.
One thing that the early church did was spend a lot of time together. They saw themselves as family, but not estranged family. They truly cared about each other, they didn’t just put up with one another. Our passage shows how they got together every day at each other’s homes. Their hearts were so enraptured by the Gospel that they wanted to be with likeminded folks. They needed each other. We need each other too. This is one way we show the world that we are His. He said that they would know we are His disciples by our love for each other (John 13:35).
When it says that they had all things in common it doesn’t mean that they all had the same likes and dislikes. It actually is better translated as they shared all they had with each other. The needs amongst the group was felt by all of them even to the point where they sold things they owned, including property, to provide for each other’s needs showing the depth of their love for the Church.
The early Church also spent time together praising God. This wasn’t just a time of singing the Psalms. These times of praise were done in a group where they shared the many ways God was making them more like Him. Praise is so important in the Church but also in every individual Christian. Times spent with Christian friends sharing the goodness of God can be refreshing. There is a joy that builds to overflowing when we truly praise God.
They also enjoyed the favor of all people. This isn’t to say that everyone was happy with them all the time. It doesn’t take much reading in the New Testament to see that the Christians weren’t loved by everyone. The religious leaders sure didn’t show them favor. But there was a general respect shown to them by regular people due to their living out love with each other.
It is no wonder that the Lord was adding many to the Church daily. His desire is for His people to live in ways that draw people to Him. That is one of the most important purposes of the Church family.
Making It Personal
Do you see the Church family as important? How often do you live life with the body of Christ? When was the last time that you shared God’s goodness to you with another believer?
Making It Personal Kids
How important is the Church family? Do you like making friends at church? What is something Jesus has done for you that made you know how good He is?
Father, thank You for the community You have given us to grow spiritually. Please help us see the importance of our Church family. In Jesus’ name, amen.