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“All the believers were one in heart and mind No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had“ (Acts 4:32).

I have about fifty cards for various stores and clubs, so many that I keep them in an organizer m my car because they don’t fit in my wallet. Why did I join so many? Savings and fellowship. I get something from each one. Perhaps it’s access to the 30 percent off sale items or the cents per gallon off a gas purchase or time spent with other community leaders. That’s what “joining” is all about. It’s something I can leave forgotten in the console of my car until I need it. But not so our Christianity! When we obey the gospel, God adds us to His church. We don’t join it. So, our Christianity can’t be stored in the console of our car to be pulled out in the parking lot for an hour or two on a Sunday morning. Rather, our Christianity is our new operating system or lens through which we live. Like the believers of the first century, we must live as one in heart and mind. This means fulfilling Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Is your Christianity something you live or leave?

Doug Kashorek
Plattsburgh church of Christ
Plattsburgh, NY

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