"All the Believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity -- all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved." - Acts 2:42-47
We celebrate COMMUNITY today. We celebrate the Body of Christ, coming together, to learn, to care, to fellowship, to worship, and to pray. Each and every time I read Acts 2 I picture a literal force of women marching forward in His name. They are free from the chains of sin and expectations. They are free to encourage each others gifts and skills, leaving comparison and jealousy at the door. They are free to be uniquely who they were created to be, not needing to fit neatly into the box society has placed them in.
They are smiling, exuding a confidence only found in Him, fully understanding that their joy and hope is complete in Him. They are worshiping beautifully and boldly, so boldly that others around them take notice. They together join in prayer for one another. Fully knowing it stands as an essential link between Jesus and His people as they carry out His work in the Kingdom under His guidance and by His strength. When one is struggling they rise up for her, care for her, and pray for her. When one is experiencing a moment of great joy, they join her in praise and adoration. There is no one better than another. There's no popular crowd, no ruler, other than the one true God.
How beautiful the Body of Christ that rises together! What freedom can we each experience if all of this were true of our lives today! What could happen if we set aside our differences, stopped comparing, and ended the ongoing competition for unattainable perfection? What if we instead chose to, together, as one body, in Christ, to learn, to care, to fellowship, to worship, and to pray. How beautiful!
This is Day 29 - Freed from Expectations.
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