Acts 2:42-47– “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Like many other Believers, I’ve idealized the early church. They were devoted to one another, loved one another and sacrificed for one another. It’s a beautiful picture but it’s not perfect. Let’s not move too fast past the truth. If you pause long enough you’ll see what you may be experiencing in your church today. There was disobedience; Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and were killed Acts 5:3, 8. As the church grew, so did discontentment. There were complaints about the neglect of widows, so the 12 gathered together to choose men to help shepherd the congregation while they devoted themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word Acts 6:4.
By the grace of God and devoting ourselves to the gospel, we can be who God wants us to be in the context of the local church. There is no need to look elsewhere and think of better days. It’s time to push our sleeves up and jump in. It’s natural to look to the pastors and the elders but we have to ask ourselves what’s my part. What affect will that have on others within the church? The surrounding community? The phrase win, build, send sums up who we are and what affect we can have on the world. Refuse to be a spectator but a true disciple. Win the lost, build them up in their faith and send laborers into the fields to share Jesus.