Breaking Bread

Read: Acts 2:42-47

They received their food with glad and generous hearts. (v. 46)

Despite the age of interconnectivity, loneliness has reached epidemic levels. A recent study revealed that people with strong social interaction live longer. The United Kingdom views the problem as so dangerous, they appointed a “Minister of Loneliness.” Isn’t it ironic that our hyper-connected world has also led to more lonely people?

Acts 2 pictures a flourishing church in community: gathering in the temple for worship and in homes for fellowship, food, and prayer. They experienced awe at the signs and wonders. When they ate, their hearts became glad and generous. It all hints at what God intended in the garden and whets our appetite for the kingdom that is to come.

Deep down this is what we were created for and what the death and resurrection of Jesus made possible. The Heidelberg Catechism says, “The Son of God through his Spirit and Word, out of the entire human race . . . gathers, protects, and preserves for himself a community . . . And of this community I am and always will be a living member” (Q&A 54).

If you have become a follower of Jesus, you belong to this amazing community. The church doesn’t always get it right and sin still mars our fellowships, but this picture is more than idealistic fantasy; it’s what we are called to live. How can you and I help our churches be the kind of place where no one feels alone and gladness fills each heart? —Jon Opgenorth

As you pray, thank God for gathering you into his family.