“And all who believed were together and had all things in common.”
This description of the brand new Church has always baffled me. They were always together? And they shared all their stuff? The introvert in me cringes. I enjoy solitude to a fault, I am much too choosy about who I like to be friends with, and I will absolutely know if you “borrow” my toothpaste or disturb my belongings.
So yes, this life of “together in one place and shared everything they had” holds very little appeal at first glance. I’ll just be here, alone, with my praise music and my OCD, thank you.
But what dawns on me recently is that maybe the being together and sharing everything flows out of something deeper. Anyone who has been around church would quickly quip, “We love because He first loved us.” And they would be right.
But how does the love of Jesus compel us to actually share our lives?
“And they have conquered [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
We know about the blood of the Lamb, the perfect sacrifice, the God-Man who died the death we deserved to die. But what about the word of our testimony?
The blood of the Lamb washes us clean and swallows us up in the Story of God. What He has been writing from eternity past, the Story of His glory and love, we have now been invited into. God has taken all our individual stories, covered them in the blood of the Lamb, and is weaving them into the tapestry of His own Story.
We no longer live for our own, measly plot lines.
We now know our lives as blood-bought subplots in the
Greatest Story Ever Told.
This is where our Christian community must begin. When we live for His Story, we are free to tell our own honest stories so He might be known and loved by those who hear. When we live for His Story, we see how He wants to intertwine our stories with those of our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we live for His Story, we can share our brokenness, our failures, and our fears, knowing He is making all things new, binding up the brokenhearted, and giving perfect power in weakness.
When you share your story, the Enemy flees,
because your story testifies to the Story in which King Jesus is victorious.
The Enemy wants us in the dark and all alone, feeling like the only ones who are weeping and wrestling. But the blood of the Lamb both enables us and compels us to share our stories because there is power in needing Jesus together.
When you share your story, the Enemy flees, because your story testifies to the Story in which King Jesus is victorious. Not your perfection or self-improvement, but your need for Jesus and the evidence of His faithfulness to you even in your darkest moments.
So share your story today, friend. Your real, honest, need-Jesus story. Your lonely story. Your addicted story. Your self-hatred story. Your anxious story. You are not alone. More than that, someone in your life needs to know they are not the only one either.
We need your story more than we need your things.
Share your story today and watch the Story of God set people free. In reality, we need your story more than we need your things. But be warned that shared stories will probably fling wide our hospitality and generosity too. So share your story and see His Story create the genuine community we are all longing for.
“They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.”