Article Link: Behold Your Mother (by Rachel MacDonald, from gotherefor.com)
Most Christians I know are pretty intimidated by the communal approach to life displayed by the early church in Acts 2. We read of selling possessions and distributing the proceeds, and console ourselves with the idea that modern superannuation and social security make these verses irrelevant. John taking Mary into his home, his family tending to her in her old age? Gosh, thank goodness for nursing homes, am I right?
And so, the idea safely pushed away, we stay in our lanes at church, asking politely about each other over tea and coffee, praying for needs at Bible study, but rarely going far out of our way or making a significant sacrifice for another. We are terrified of being defrauded, of suffering wrong (1 Cor 6:7). We skim right over having “glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46).
Maybe we need to stop. Take a breath. Loosen our grip on our possessions and time and heart. Look around. Could it be that God wants to see more special relationships in our lives, in his church?