They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, Vs.42, 46 (NIV)
Sunday is a day when people of every age, culture, nation, and race gather as brothers and sisters in Christ, for worship and fellowship.
The early church had to gather in their homes for fear of being persecuted. Acts 2 tells us they were devoted “to the fellowship” and to each other. They gathered joyfully and sincerely, filled with gladness. There was laughter and song. People came into the fellowship not out of a sense of obligation or fear but out of a desire to be with fellow believers.
I cannot imagine any type of formality; there was just a sense of joy in being together. These people were genuine. They were open and honest about their lives and their hearts. We read that they sold their possessions to help meet the needs of those who were hurting. Not only were some people willing to give, but others were willing to receive.
These people knew each other well and accepted each other regardless of their status, wealth, or position in life. True fellowship exists when people can be open and honest about their struggles and their needs. God invites us to experience such fellowship ourselves in communities of faith where believers are deeply devoted to each other’s care and wellbeing.
Jesus, we long for the day when our fellowship is like the perfect community you have with your Father and the Spirit. Help us build true fellowship within our churches. Amen.