Acts 2:42-43 - They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
What a beautiful community we are a part of, The Church! God's idea of people lifting up the name of Jesus, possessed by the Spirit of God to breakthrough strongholds, and adopted in as children of a loving Father.
The Church is also a place where families and individuals from all backgrounds come together with all their mess..yes mess! Dating back to the birth of the first church our community has been messy. Aren't you glad that God includes the drama in the scriptures? The Bible records a situation where a leader in the early church notices the hypocrisy of another leader and openly corrects him in front of the church staff. The best part of the story isn't the fact that the leader got "put on blast", but instead the focus is that God restored the relationship and used Peter and Paul to impact the world. Another time the wealthy members of a church pressured church leaders into better seats in the church. An apostle named James calls them out and reminds them not to show favoritism. It goes on and on.
In spite of our mistakes and shortcomings we serve a God that continues to extend Grace to us when we don't deserve it. Take a moment and remember where God found you...pause and reflect on the fact that you are still a work in progress like the rest of humanity, but also remember you are more than able because of Jesus Christ.
STAY IN GRACE.
- Pastor Jonathan