“…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with
glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the
favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their
number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:46-47, NIV
This was an amazing community! The people came from all over the Roman Empire – speaking different languages, emerging from different cultures, representing at least fifteen different languages and people groups. Yet, here they are, behaving like family – eating together, laughing and praying together, sharing their homes and joining their hearts with the Lord and each other! What they had was a pure treasure – a sense of belonging to each other by God’s grace. As a result even more people were being drawn to their community.
We should all share this longing. We all long to belong.
For thirty-five years now UCLA has conducted an opinion survey of college freshmen. The fall 2000 survey registered viewpoints from almost 405,000 first time, full time students from 717 four-year colleges and universities. No small sample. Do you know what response was among the highest of percentages? Almost 300,000 students, seventy-three percent, said what they want in life is to raise a family.
This seems an amazing desire, when you consider it comes from a generation dramatically reduced by the preceding one due to the practice of abortion, bitterly acquainted with the divorce culture, and personally familiar with the pain of dysfunction so often accompanying the word “family” in our country. Yet, seventy-three percent say they want to raise families.
Jesus says, Let me help! Partner with my church. Not the institution, but the intersection between heaven and earth where diversity becomes community and amazing grace becomes real.
QUESTION: How will they do it? Are you a model or mentor that they can follow? Pray how you can be used by God to encourage someone that may be struggling. Tell them about God’s amazing grace.