Acts 2:42-47 ... They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The Acts 2 dream sounds great; but can you imagine what those early Christ-followers sacrificed to make it a reality? Privacy, individualism, ambition, preferences, quality of living... Theses are just some of the things these early revolutionaries sacrificed to experience real Christ-community.
In her book, Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd parallels personal awakening and giving birth, noting that, “sometimes a woman’s labor simply stalls. The contractions grow weak, and the new life, now quite distressed, hangs precariously.” I believe the present revolution of Jesus-radicals is facing a “stalled labor” as we come face to face with how much the incarnational Christ-life actually costs.
Will we sell our homes & move to be in proximity with other Christ-centered, mission-minded saints? Will we sacrifice our personal privacy to open our homes and to go into the homes of others? Will we shed our expectations of convenience to live a thoroughly inconvenient life? Will we really come together or will this labor stall, this child die, and this revolution cease?
Real community requires real sacrifice. Are you ready to birth this child?