Acts 2:44-45 & 47 says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need…And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 10:44 says, “The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.”
The first Church started in Acts chapter 2. The first bonehead move was is Acts chapter 10. Ultimately, it only took about 5 pages before the first Church lost sight of its purpose. Wait, God’s salvation is for everyone…not just us?
Acts 2 points out that the first believers were mostly Jews from all over the world that had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost. The conflict in Acts 10 is because of a race issue. Imagine football practice in Remember the Titans. Obviously, there was a lot of racial tension between the players, but ultimately it worked out. In a similar fashion, Jews and Gentiles (anyone who wasn’t Jewish) did not really get along. Both groups felt they were superior, which is a perfect recipe for disaster. Since the first believers were Jews, they figured salvation was only for them and established their own racial hierarchy for salvation.
Then Peter goes and does something stupid. He shares the Gospel message with a Gentile named Cornelius. The believers get offended because they don’t want to share a pew with Gentiles, but Peter defends his actions by saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). In 5 pages, the believers go from being super-pumped about the message of the Gospel from sheer anger at the thought of having to worship with Gentiles.
That was not their plan.
How long does it take for God’s plan to become our plan? We see God’s vision for our lives (in this case for the Church), and we decide the course of action that is most convenient for us. What can we do to see the vision that God has for us and have the faith to carry it out His way?