All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47 NLT)
What we read here is astounding! The church had been inaugurated and empowered by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The people gathered from various countries had heard the gospel in their own language, 3,000 souls were saved and baptized, and the whole church intentionally gathered together daily. They met in the Temple and one another's homes. They did so to receive doctrinal instruction, fellowship (social interaction), to observe the Lord's Supper, and continual prayer. This occurred simply out of a response to the manifest presence of God The Holy Spirit. No one was pleaded with or begged to participate. It was a corresponding reaction to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The church needs this in a most desperate way. We struggle to get people to go to church with cars, ac/heated buildings, padded pews, and other luxuries. These people simply loved Jesus. As a result of that love relationship with Jesus, the people experienced a oneness that I've only seen on a small scale.
Oh that the church would once again fall in love with Jesus and, correspondingly, each other. The passage says that a deep sense of awe was upon them and that the apostles performed miraculous signs and wonders. They shared everything they had with one another. This wasn't communism (forced sharing), but commonism (willful sharing). Voluntarily, the believers gave of themselves and their possessions to meet the needs of other believers. They even sold houses and land to do this. Wow!!
What love they had for Jesus and one another. Simply amazing. The church grew daily with new converts. No special committee meetings to discuss how the church could better evangelize. All they needed was the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When the church lifts up Jesus as we should, we will see revival as only God can give. Let's imagine a church like that here and now. Do it again Lord! Do it again! I give my heart to you. Take it all! Completely!
Rev. Curtis Norris