“All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32
Could this really happen in the 21st century? Is today’s culture so overtaken by materialism and high standards of living that the thought of living in this kind of harmony and selflessness impossible?
Not if we think small.
The early church began with 120 believers, exploded to 3000, and then proceeded with exponential growth during the days of Acts. Yet this group of new believers kept focus on the foundational teachings they had learned from Jesus: building a community of believers that redefined “normal” as giving away your possessions, sharing with those in need, and neglecting no one. They started small but did not dilute the message that Jesus had empowered them to proclaim. Therefore, a small group of sold out believers changed the eternity of thousands and eventually millions of believers.
So…what is so different about your community that prohibits this level of sold out ministry? Selfishness, greed, apathy, materialism: yes, all of those traits kill the potential of genuine ministry, but is there something deeper? I think there is. I think we are afraid to start small, afraid to sell out for just one other life, afraid to be rejected, thus stifling our ability to gain any momentum.
In Matthew 9:36, Jesus says that “the harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.” Jesus has done some amazing things with just a “few”! Are you willing to be a part of His “few”? Are you willing to strike up one conversation, introduce yourself to your neighbor, or provide a meal for someone sick? Would you be willing to start small?
Allow yourself to be transformed by the generosity of a loving God. Let your heart break for the needs of your community. And then…start small!