We Were Like Them that DreamMarch 1, 2007
Acts 2:44-47 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their popsessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added unto the church daily such as should be saved.”
This has to be one of the most incredible times in all of history. The Holy Ghost had been given and the church was endued with power from on high. These saints; three thousand of which were added unto the church on the day of Pentecost, were focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and completely sold out to him. For them, it was a small thing to sell their posessions and have all things common as the things of this world simply couldn’t compete with the joy and peace that God gives. They had their heart in heavenly places and counted the treasures of this life as dung as they looked to an eternity with Jesus. There are two misconceptions associated with this passage of scripture which are as follows:
( 1 ) Some consider the commonality of physical goods to a form of communism. Such is not the case at all. The people “had” all things common and distributed to all who lacked. In communism, the government owns everything and labels it “the peoples.”
( 2 ) Some will observe how various cults will drain their victims of finances and durable goods as they pull them deeper into a network of deception. This doesn’t fit either as these early saints simply loved the Lord Jesus, and loved the folks around them. We tend to place too much emphasis on the “heaping to ourselves” of physical elements which pass away.
As you draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, the things of this world naturally lose their standing. (an observation of the obvious) For example, one may pursue a particular career path, but that career simply doesn’t mean the same to them as it does to one for whom “it’s who they are.” We have such a great salvation, that words fail to adequately describe it. We have a personal relationship with Jesus who is with us every moment of every day and will never leave us hanging in the face of adversity. Because of this great salvation through Jesus Christ, we have an inheritance incorruptible; a world without end which is so incredible that it resides beyond the boundaries of the most vivid imagination. Thus we are truly “in the world but not of the world.” It’s where we are, but it’s not who we are.
II Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
A dwelling that will never pass away in a city where God will be the light thereof. I don’t believe that any of us can fully grasp the significance of this as we really have nothing to compare it to. This life on earth is but a fraction of time compared to eternity; in fact it’s even less. One cannot even place it into a fractional statement. In other words, if we see the number 1/4, we know that it’s referring to something that is a quarter of a whole. If we see the number 1/100, we know that it’s but a hundredth of a whole. But to fathom the phrase of “1/infinity” is to go beyond the farthest reaches of all that is. There’s simply no comparison between a life on earth of seventy to a hundred years under the best of circumstances and “forever.” This is why it’s amazing that we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in this present reality. (all of us do it to one degree or another)
II Corinthians 5:2 “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:”
Many of us write about the world to come because that’s where our heart is. We have been saved from an eternity of torment because Jesus Christ paid for our sins with his own innocent blood. We long for the moment when we shall forever be with him; never to pass this way again. Like the apostle Paul, we are “betwixt” desiring to be with Christ which is far better than anything in this life, and yet desiring that those around us would come to Jesus. Always striving to be ready to give answer to any who ask of the hope that is in us.
I was thinking about this last night as I pulled into the driveway. I was looking out across the field thinking of the days events; how nothing notable seemed to have taken place when Psalm 118:24 came to mind. Each day that comes and goes is one more day in which more souls will have come to Jesus. This is “very notable” as names were added to the book of life and the angels rejoice in this more than anything that we may have done. As much as I long to be in the realm of “time no longer” I’m also grateful for each day because of the souls which are not ready for time to expire. Souls for whom eternal life is “theirs for the asking” if they will only come to Jesus in all sincerety and accept him as Savior and Lord. True repentance
There will be a moment in time which will not have a moment in time following it. This is a simple truth; that time is drawing ever closer to its demise. A great and terrible day; great for those who are in Christ as this is our blessed hope. A terrible day for those who rejected the gift of salvation that Jesus came into the world to purchase with his own blood. I pray that we would all be diligent in tending to the task at hand. As I write this, I know of many areas in my own life where increased diligence is needed and so in a way, this is a post aimed at myself. These are indeed serious times. (As though there has ever been an unserious time. Hmm. I never thought of it like this)
I need to wrap this up as I have several things to get done this morning. I pray that we would be continuously focused on that which is to come. If we grasp that which is to come, we’ll be all the more diligent in tending to the task at hand; that of reaching out to those around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without a doubt, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
Romans 8:24-25 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”