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Sharing Life Together

Society bombards us with messages about the importance of independence. Don’t follow the crowd. Make your own way. Do your own thing. Anything other than self-sufficiency is seen as weakness. We each have our own cars and apartments and to-do lists. But, are we really happier living our lives alone?

The early church shows us an alternative to a constant pursuit of independence: community. The word “fellowship” in this passage can mean participation or sharing. The community of believers not only shared their material possessions with those in need, they spent time together. They participated in each other’s lives by coming together daily and sharing meals. They were “filled with glad and sincere hearts,” and God “added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

God, help us to be a community that participates in each other’s lives.

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