Living in Community

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Acts 2:43-47

All who believed were together and had all things in common. (v. 44)

In Nigerian villages, most people live in community with their entire extended families—grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and even second cousins. The extended family members often live in several huts surrounding a central campfire pit, and they make up a kind of neighborhood. Villages are thus often comprised of “neighborhoods” of relatives.

Nigerians would admit that it is sometimes exhausting to live with their extended family members, but they would also say that living with family provides them with a great sense of community. They all help to provide and care for one another.

This idea is not so far removed from the model of the early church in which the members of Christ’s family lived in community, sharing with and caring for one another. We may not always live close to our blood relatives here in North America. In fact, most of us probably live in cities far from our extended families. But we in the church should still strive to live with the mentality of community—having “all things in common” with our fellow believers.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us to live in community more like the early church did. Show us how to share with and care for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.