We sometimes forget that the early church was living as if Christ was returning soon. This is best evidenced by their lack of care over material goods, and the desire to make sure each person had everything that they needed. It was the honeymoon phase, and people were being saved and filled with the Spirit every day. The apostles were now fearless, and they knew that what was ahead was so much more wonderful than any trial or persecution would be terrible.
As the time progressed, the church would grow and mature. With the maturity, it would lose some of the honeymoon glow. Still, God called the church to be Holy (different than the world). He called His chosen to look out for the interests of others ahead of their own interests. He made that call knowing that ultimately, He who calls you would be faithful, and He would do it. In this section, Luke wanted to give us a taste of what Heaven would be like. In a setting where everyone was more concerned for the needs of others over their own–all needs were met and no one felt compelled to hoard or steal. There was a compulsion to be selfless and that caused all to be grateful and encouraging.
So, in the modern era, we are also called to maintain that same attitude. If we have the same attitude as Jesus–Philippians 2:5-11; we will be free from the pressures of the world. As a church, we are called to remain in community. I Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage each other and build each other up!” When God’s people focus on one another, it causes us to shift our attention from ourselves. When we are not focused upon ourselves, we can then allow the Lord to continue His work in transforming or sanctifying us in preparation for eternity.
Each day we need to arm ourselves with His word, put on the full armor of God, and pray for his leadership, provision, and protection. If we will; we can face the world with the same joy and focus as did the early church.
God Bless You
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[d] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.