By Mike Olson
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42
Have you ever read this verse and thought: "Sure, that was easy for them, they didn't have any other choice."
I have. Think about it. Look at this verse, they are spending their time receiving the most amazing bible teaching, eating great food and having really cool prayer times. How could they have gone wrong when Peter and James and the others were their pastors?
During "Fellowship Hall" they probably spent their time talking about when they were at the lake with Jesus and he did this or that really cool thing. What do we get? A verse that looks like utopia, heaven on earth.
I know I compare it to last Sunday when "Howard" once again got in front and took the last of the coffee or cookies. Hey, what happened?
Let's look at Acts 6: "In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food."
Wait. What happened to the listening to the apostles teaching, breaking of bread together and fellowship? Weren't these the same people that were sharing cool church picnic stories about Jesus? Just imagine their prayers, "Almighty Father, please make Hannah see the errors of her ways when she cuts in line in front of me." Where did it go wrong?
So, maybe we are not that different than our brothers and sisters in Acts. Living in community is messy at times because we are. The next time you read Acts 2:42 and feel depressed or upset that we, as the "Bride" of Christ, can't seem to get it together, read Chapter 6 and remember that our brothers and sister were a lot like us: broken, selfish and in need of the gospel of Jesus. This should give us hope.