Today’s Word: ‘UNITED’ as in… one heart, one mind (not the airline).
I’ve been teasing some life lessons out of an ancient story; just a few lines from an account of the community of early followers of Jesus. Luke, a doctor and an historian who, in his spare time, managed to crank out a couple of lengthy accounts of the life and ministry of a rabbi named Jesus. The passage I’m reading reveals some details about this early community of followers including this little tidbit: they were “united as one.” Luke goes on to refine that point by saying that they were of “one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions.” My dear friend, the late Eugene Peterson in his Message Bible put it this way:
“No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. They talked about the resurrection and how that brought all kinds of things back to life in each of their lives—mostly their generosity. Imagine! A sense of grace flowed through them like electricity through a power line. And the outcome was that “not a person among them was needy.”
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in that kind of community? We’re not that far off, really. We learn to share at a young age and we continue to share. We learn to spot those around us who seem to struggle with things and we reach out and help. Peoples’ need will always outlast our ability to respond, of course, but we keep at it. That’s the point. The point of the resurrection is unity. And the point of unity is that we have opportunities every day to bring life and more life into others’ lives.
While dwelling in this ancient story I ran into one of those quotes that make you wish you’d coined it. Here it is:
“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved and people are being used.”
Let’s aim at some unity. How can you do that today?