What do they have in common? They are all made of wood, they all have letters on them, and they are all square blocks.
How do these blocks differ? They have different letters and different colors. I can also tell that they all have different pictures on their sides.
So here is what we can plainly see. They are all square, wooden blocks. They have different letters and colors, but they are still blocks.
We can say some pretty similar things about Christians. They will all think Jesus is a risen savior who’s Crucifixion paid the debt for our sins. They would all have a passion for righteousness and an intolerance for sin and wickedness. They will all naturally desire to love others. These things should be at the very heart of EVERY Christian. Sure they will differ on what kind of music they like, or how certain things should be done, but there are just some things that must be a part of a Christian’s life.
Here is how the book of Acts put it after the sermon from Pentecost:
“All who believed were together and had all things in common.” Acts 2:44 [ESV]
Now let’s be honest for a moment, could this be said today of all Christians? While our generation of Christianity struggles with even common evangelism and discipleship practices, the early church was confirmed to have all things in common. I would be selling this passage short if I did not point out that in the context of the following verse, Acts 2:45, it can even be said that they lived together and shared all their possessions as if all who believed had rights to another’s property. In other words, the common ground between ALL of God’s people went beyond how they acted or worshiped, but even extended into their physical possessions.
Here is the simple lesson we can learn from my child’s building blocks: Just as any man or woman can expect certain things from a set of building blocks, any man or woman should be able to plainly identify a Christian by the basic characteristics and testimonies they present. We may not have to get back to the sharing communities that were present in the book of Acts, but at the very least our hearts and passions MUST all be common.
What kind of difference would we see if we knew exactly what to expect of God’s people?
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today