I’ve always been fond of the Church as described in the book of Acts. I remember being introduced to this historical account not long after I was saved and finding myself completely enamored by the notion of a group of believers in Christ having such a sense of faith and community.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
My pastor recently preached on the topic of “One Heart” and what can be accomplished when God’s Church embraces this truth.
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
What happens when your family embraces this truth?
1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Moving with one heart in our family means we place a real emphasis on how one another feels at any given moment but particularly in those trying times … and trust you me, there can be some trying times. It means not making light of what a five year old girl considers traumatic. It does not mean you have to feed into it but you can meet her there and carry her out of it. It means knowing when my dear wife has simply had one of those days and not waiting to be asked to pick up dinner or whisk the kids away for half an hour so she can regroup. One heart.
We’ve always taken the “everything in common” approach with any gifts the kids receive. If it’s a birthday or Christmas gift they may be allowed to play the “it’s mine” card for a few days but after those few days the gift is shared. Period. It’s been interesting to watch this practice evolve over the years. The time they want to keep a gift to themselves has lessened, for most things. The desire to share has become something they look forward to … because sharing what you have with someone else feels good. They are getting it. One heart.
I’m encouraged. Intentionally moving forward with a one heart emphasis in our home makes it much easier to understand and appreciate the church Luke shares in Acts.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
This isn’t a picture of a community that once was but a picture of a community we need to strive to be part of today. Acting with one heart in the privacy of your home is simply part of the groundwork that gets all of us closer to responding with one heart … everywhere.
Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,
for riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?