“They spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together.” Acts 2:42 CEVUK
In Canada generally we have a very Greek mindset. The importance of individual effort and success is emphasized.
I remember the impromptu ball games we held as kids. Those who were either well liked or athletically endowed would pick teams. If you were a decent player or liked by one of the captains you would be chosen quickly. Not always the case for a lot of us guys. Neither well liked or a great athlete you waited until someone had pity on you. Sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon doesn’t it. The funny thing about the whole process is that each team had to have so many players. We were always short on numbers. But we made due with what we had. We worked together to play ball.
In the New Testament it is easy to see the conflict between the individual mindset definitely Greek and the family mindset definitely Hebrew. In the New Testament we can often read about these opposing views working themselves out. We read about individuals working together as part of the whole. Sounds a lot like family to me.
There seems to be a major imbalance today. Jesus’ family in Canada has focused too much on the efforts of the individual believer to the detriment of the family. There needs to be a renewed effort to discover God’s direction and His purpose. We need to work individually together to honour and worship Our King.
Questions for reflection:
- What are your skills or gifts?
- What are the advantages of serving individually together?
We are God’s servants, He has gifted us individually to serve Him together. Upon us rests His grace like flames of fire. May we love and serve the Lord in the strength of His Spirit. May the peace of Christ be with us, The strong arms of God sustain us, And the power of the Holy Spirit strengthen us in every way. May we wholeheartedly serve our Lord “individually together”.