And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:28,29
In response to a lawyer's question about how he was to inherit eternal life, Jesus told him to love God with all of his heart and his neighbor as himself and then the lawyer asked Him who his neighbor was. Jesus then proceeded to tell him about a good Samaritan who rescued a man beaten by robbers and how he took time out of his busy life to meet all of his needs until he was restored to health and could get back on his feet.
In my previous message the one hundred twenty disciples had just been filled with the Holy Spirit and through the supernatural gift of tongues saw God save three thousand people from out of town. They were about to experience what loving their neighbor meant when these new converts chose to stay in town and even sent for their families to come and be with them in their new found faith. Now imagine if in fact all three thousand had no where to go, and assuming the hundred twenty had homes, twenty five people, not counting their family members who hadn't shown up yet moved in with you, and they didn't speak your language.
I can tell you from experience when we had a home for girls in an old house of about 3000 square feet which would probably be three or four times as large as the disciples had, it was pretty tight with thirty five women! What would they eat, where would they sleep, and what would happen when the money ran out? The first church, although for three years were experienced in loving God now were confronted with loving their neighbor. A daunting task to say the least, but the new fledgling body grew and multiplied without the aid of a building, pastors, deacons, pews, bibles, and no knowledge of what we do on Sundays today, a far cry from what they faced everyday as they praised God and divided up their possessions to meet the needs of their new neighbors.
Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. Acts 2:44,45
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin