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Being Community – Acts 4 Living

I’m puzzled lately by how far off we are in living the ideal form of community so easily understood by the new Christians in the New Testament Book of Acts.

Here’s why….

Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. Furthering God’s kingdom and the message of Jesus Christ was the goal. Living as Christ taught us was achieved.  I’m sure there were spats — we are flesh — but I believe that they took the Word of God as truth and used His teachings to end disputes, choose leaders (leaders didn’t declare themselves in charge), and treat others as they themselves would want to be treated.

No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Cults/humans have corrupted the word of God. God’s word is easy. If you have placed burdens on yourself and your possessions, this is not of our Lord. The indescribable acts of cult leaders have taken this scripture and bound it with the chains of hell. How awful it must be to walk in to a society hoping for Acts fellowship and living only to be deceived, brainwashed and taken advantage of. Pray for those bamboozled by cults today, that they may know the true heart of God.

And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them.  What????? NO NEEDY???? No homeless on the street???? NO HUNGRY???? They gave to their church family, and the church took care of its own. If you were a follower of Christ in Acts, there was no need among you. Join the fold and all would be forgiven and fine. AMEN!!! Are there people hurting and hungry in our churches today? YES! And, as Christ said, “Feed my sheep.”

For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Now, I’m not asking you to sell your possessions and give the money to the poor — Jesus will do that (See Luke 18:22). But, what would the church look like if we sold the stuff we didn’t need and gave it to a missionary? A hungry family? The church itself to keep the lights on? Pray today that God will show you the things you no longer need that will serve a purpose in His Kingdom.

God has brought us together in families for a reason. Not just the biological sort, but our church family. Trust your neighbors. Love each other. Know that God is in control. Trust that He has the situation at hand. He is good. Don’t keep your lawnmower to yourself. God heaps blessings on us so we may heap blessings on others.

We own nothing; God owns it all.

In His name,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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Living in Community

Living in Community. Could you handle it?

I mean really? Could you — would you — invite people into your home to live life together? With today’s world, we live in separate spaces. We have our “outside lives” and our “inside lives” conveniently tucked away from prying eyes.

But, is this how Jesus intended it?

I feel an Acts research project coming on. 🙂

But, from my somewhat limited knowledge, I do know that the disciples worked together  to live, love and pass on the teachings of Christ. So, I too wish to live in community with fellow disciples.

What I feel this does NOT mean:

  • Only seeing each other on Sundays and in passing.
  • Not inviting people over to my house because it’s dusty or dirty or cluttered or stinky. (I hope it’s not stinky :/)
  • Not allowing people in to my world.
  • Keeping myself and my life isolated.
  • Focusing too much on the “what if’s” instead of loving God’s children.

It’s time to be deliberate. It’s time to open my world up to God’s children and allow them in to know the true me. It’s so hard though. I feel as a society we are programmed to stay in our little cubbies behind closed doors and pulled drapes. But, why is this? I crave community. I crave big dinners. I crave lively conversation. I crave love and life and happiness. I crave communion with Jesus and his disciples.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.~John 10:10

Be warned. You will be invited over for dinner soon. 🙂 Jesus promised life to the full, and I receive it!

Getting out the pots and pans…

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

1700 square feet

We live in a three-bedroom, two-bath house. It was built in the 60’s by my grandparents. It’s old, totally not cookie cutter, and I love it.

But, how much space do we need?

My husband and I went on a housing search last year. The American Dream. Own your own home, and be a slave to your mortgage lender. Blegh. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Our house we live in is paid for. My grandparents built it and paid for it. I don’t even know if there was ever a mortgage on it. I’ll have to ask my mom.

But, the best part of it is there is no mortgage now.

What not having a mortgage has allowed me to do:

  • Stay at home with our beautiful treasure: our foster daughter we are waiting to adopt.
  • Be a less-stressed mom, wife and Christ follower. I’m giving all my worries to God — trying to anyway.
  • Re-evaluate what is really important to me and what I can do without.
  • Have time to write, think and breathe.
  • Garden.

Now, this all hasn’t been easy. Adjusting to half an income is hard. Especially in today’s world. Why is dirt and water so expensive? I don’t get it.

Anyway…

What not having a mortgage has taught me:

  • That I don’t need 1700 square feet to survive.
  • That I am much happier in a smaller space.
  • That a smaller space is easier to clean.
  • That living with others teaches you the love Christ has for us.

You see…instead of buying our own home, we decided to live in community with my mother. Our floor plan is such that we can separate into two “homes.” One: a one-bedroom apartment with kitchen, and the other: A two-bedroom, one-bath with a living area, and a converted minimalist kitchen in the dining room we never used except for holidays. Now, it is used daily. The living area is the heart of our home, and we are happy. At least I am. If momma ain’t happy…

🙂

And, momma is happy. In our smaller space we can enjoy each other. We stay outside more and enjoy God and His creation. We garden not only to be outside and I have time now, but to provide food for us and for others. God is faithful.

This isn’t for everyone, and I get that. But, it is for me and my family. We are minimalist with too much stuff, simple livers who love God, and a family who would rather be with each other than with our co-workers. God bless’em!

How much space do you need? Is living in community the way to go? Chime in by clicking the link above this post.

God bless y’all on this minimalist journey,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle