In my opinion, one of the greatest mistakes the church makes today is that we don’t follow the example of the very first Christians. Think about Acts 2 and the first Christians; they had just heard the first gospel sermon preached by Peter and they had just seen the miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit. What an incredible experience they were privileged to have! Everything was new and everything was exciting. They had seen and felt God’s great power. They must have felt like they were invincible!
In all of this excitement, they were compelled to share their lives with each other. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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 (Acts 2:42-47).
Think of how much we’ve changed in 2000 years! Certainly man has made incredible technological advancements that these first Christians could have never envisioned. Our standard of living today, even for those considered poor in our culture, would seem unbelievably opulent to those in Acts 2. By human standards, we are so much better off than the first church was following Pentecost.
Yet, are we really better off today? How much could we learn from the first Christians! How much stronger do you think the church would be today if we met together daily; if we devoted ourselves to the teaching of the Word, to prayer and fellowship; if shared our lives together; if we ate together regularly and were constant guests in one another’s homes?
Christians should continually take advantage of opportunities to be together. We should seek ways to encourage each other, love one another and we should certainly not make it our habit to forsake assembling with the saints (Hebrews 10:24,25). Being together makes us less worldly, helps us to be stronger and more Christ-focused. It will also, as we see in Acts 2:47, help us grow
‘Assembling with the saints’ does not just mean for worship on Sunday mornings and evenings. It also means Bible class on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. In fact, all opportunities to get together with brethren are opportunities we should make a priority.
As we stand on the threshold of 2014, make it your New Year’s resolution to make every effort to be with God’s people. You will certainly be blessed and you will be a blessing to others as well.