There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and sit was distributed to each as any had need. Acts 4:34-35
Every group of people that does life together establishes some type of culture. Much is being written about corporate culture and best practices for building it. On a personal level, each extended family operates according to an unwritten code that establishes their way of life. While good culture is hard to define, a struggling one is quickly recognized.
The Bible provides a powerful description of the characteristics of the atmosphere of the early church. The believers lived as one community connected at the heart and soul level. Their hands were open to one another as they willingly and joyfully shared with any who had need. The Lord provided an abundance of grace in their midst. That culture attracted thousands and the church grew exponentially. The key was love. God is love.
Love can be defined as always looking well to the needs of another. I love you therefore you are more important to me than I am to me. That is what Jesus showed on the cross. It’s what the Father said to us in leaving Him in the cross. It is the culture of the Kingdom of God we live in the Spirit.
Loving well and living toward the needs of others is still attractive today. Our families need it. Our workplaces need it. Our community needs it. Our legacy as the church is to be the love the culture longs for.