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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 10, 2018

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TUESDAY, April 10

Acts 5:7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

Ananias and Sapphira hedge their bets. They’ve been living as members of the growing community of Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem. But when they sell a piece of property, they keep a portion of the proceeds, just in case this Jesus-business doesn’t work out. To make matters worse, instead of just omitting the true value of their sale, they are caught blatantly lying to their community leaders. They want the benefits of community connection without truthfully supporting the work of the community or living faithfully into the promise that their needs would be met.

The church has always been a community tasked with living out the love of God in our midst. Ananias and Sapphira die because they live their lives divorced from this reality. We too risk a very real death when we divorce our lives from the reality of community.

Abundant life is found and expressed in an outwardly focused life, one that has service and humility as its beating heart. Community is not only a means to an end in God’s economy—it is an end in itself.

MOVING FORWARD: Celebrate the abundance in your own life by sharing a meal, a conversation, a prayer, or your time with someone.

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 5:1-11

PRAY for the Diocese of Butare (Rwanda)

Today the Church remembers William Law, Priest, 1761.



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