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Grace Was On Them

Grace Was On Them

28 January 2009

Scripture:

32 All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had. 33 And the apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:32-33 NLT)

Observation:

In this account of the early days of the life in common the Jerusalem church was living out, several things are listed that either contribute to or grow out of the grace that was on them:

• They were united in heart and mind.
• They felt that what they owned was not their own. (Did you catch that? They felt it. It wasn’t imposed on them!)
• They freely shared what they had with each other.
• The resurrection of the Lord Jesus was powerfully declared.
• There was an expression of God’s grace and favor upon them, among them, and through them.

Application:

I guess it doesn’t really matter which is cause and which is effect. Did the “Life In Common” they were living make an altar for God to pour his grace on or did the outpouring of God’s grace create their one-heart – one-mind life together? I think both are true. Can we experience that level of grace-filled living?

Prayer:

Father, I know there are groups of believers around the world who are experiencing powerful expressions of your grace – some like the pastor from Saudi Arabia I heard from this week, who are living under the threat of persecution and with little in the way of resources, but filled with joy and love. Help us in the midst of our freedoms and abundance to live lives full of unity and grace. Amen.

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