I can’t help but compare the present day with the early church in Acts 2:42-47. I will only highlight a few things here.
Steadfastness in meeting together – now, the church is focused on minimizing time in church to accommodate the busyness of its members. ‘Minimizing waste, maximizing effectiveness’ they say, as if time of listening to the preaching of the word and conversations with fellow church members are not essential to life. In the comfort of our middle class and upper class lives, we find ourselves uninterested in the life of the church, unless it is done excellently and with high quality – and in as little time as possible.
Fear of the Lord – this is probably the reason why we don’t take our meetings together seriously and urgently – there is very little fear of the Lord. We do not live with Jesus as our master, but merely someone helpful to our lives. We are our own masters; we fear lack, hunger, discomfort, insecurity, sorrow – we don’t fear God. We don’t live in obedience daily unto God. And to have all things in common – this seems impossible in such times, doesn’t it?
It seems to me that our church today desire to see the signs and wonders as seen in the early church, but are unwilling to pay the price for it. Open our eyes, God, and grant us repentance.