One day, a Jew, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist were walking in front of a house when they heard people talking and….
Sounds like the start of a joke right? Something completely absurd that would easily be dismissed as the set-up to an inappropriate punchline. But, that’s basically what happened on the day of Pentecost. Different people from different places with different cultures all came to believe in Christ on the same day. Not only did they become believers, but they continued from that moment to work together with a common goal… the salvation of all.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed,they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Pretty absurd if you ask me. I suppose it could be because they hadn’t found a denominational alliance yet, so they didn’t realize that everyone doesn’t do things the same. Yes, we can believe in the same Christ, but the idea of sharing in the responsibility side-by-side is almost unheard of today. It’s hard enough to get a husband and wife to work together to share the responsibilities within a home, let alone to do it with glad and sincere hearts. Somewhere in the evolution of the church we have replaced unity with individualism, and our God ordained mission can get watered down with our own agenda. It’s not everywhere, but where it is present it’s extremely personal… it’s within our own hearts.
I personally believe it’s time; actually past time; for the unspoken segregation within the body of Christ to be eliminated. When the adult seniors choose to attend a youth worship to engage with the next generation that will lead the church. When the singles and and the marriage ministries come together to better equip those who will have families of their own. When the core members of the church purposefully seek out the new believer to have dinner with. When Sunday Schools have picnics together, instead of with their own group. When different churches come together to pool their resources for feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, reaching out to the broken and addressing the social issues within their own communities. When different nations share a common vision to save the world! Even for believers in Christ, these ideas are hard to swallow. It’s not my idea though, it’s how God originally intended it.
Read Day 19 Devotion by Scott