“Community” by Terri Davis

Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it

Read Acts 2:42-47

They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

More thoughts for meditation

This radical distribution the first church had a precedent. The Greek word used for “shared the money” is diamerizo, meaning “distributed among,” and it is used only one other time in Acts. In fact, the Pentecost chapter starts with it: “Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire diamerizo (was distributed among) each of them” (2:3). In other words, the Holy Spirit modeled an economy where everyone had enough and no one was left out, which caused the disciples to act out a similar economy with their “stuff”—where no one was out to fend for themselves,  all were connected to a larger whole.

Sometimes the idea of sharing our property and possessions, taking only what we need, and trusting God to provide for our future needs can feel unrealistic or irresponsible. We may need the Holy Spirit to take the first step, again.

Suggestion for action

Spend a few minutes in silence, asking the Holy Spirit to fill you. Try to simply receive the gift that is the Holy Spirit. As the day unfolds, see if you have an opportunity to re-gift—whether it’s your time, some food, or something you have that someone else needs. Distribution can be fire.

Tomorrow is Hudson Taylor Day. Enjoy this creative and controversial missionary to China at Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body.