Acts 2:43-45 – Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

 

When we think of Pentecost we think of extraordinary phenomena. We think of speaking in tongues, ecstatic praise and signs and wonders. And we note the impact: everyone was filled with awe. But what is just as awesome, yet easily overlooked in the general excitement, is what Luke records next: common ownership among the Christian community and the selling of property and possessions. By any set of criteria, that is a miracle. Given the pull that money and possessions has on all of us, the relinquishing of real estate is surely something only the Holy Spirit can pull off. And so it is that the fire of Pentecost travels all the way from our praise and our preaching to our properties and our pensions. How radical is that?

 

Prayer: Lord, may my longing for signs and wonders be matched by my willingness to travel lightly. Amen.