Have you ever read in the Bible, the Word of God, the way the church was in the very beginning? You can read it in every Bible, right in the beginning of the Book of Acts, the chapter that comes right after the four famous gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These words give an amazing little window into the reality of how the very first church was under the care and guidance of the Savior's closest friends, the apostles.
"And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." (Acts 2:44-45)
"Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need." (Acts 4:32-35)
And did you know that in the Scriptures there is no other model of the how the church should be? This is the record of how the Holy Spirit chose to be expressed to the world. This witness of community as shown in Acts 2 & 4 was the result of obedience to the gospel they heard on the day of Pentecost. This is how it was in the very beginning, the pattern formed when the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them and great grace was upon them all.
It could be a false sense of security to think this was only for back then, only idealistic and visionary, but not reality. But why did the first preaching of the Gospel cause such a radical response as it did on the day of Pentecost? That day 3000 real people gladly gave up their independent, isolated lives to live together and become devoted disciples. Doesn't it seem as if it should be that way for all wholehearted believers?
Can you imagine what it would be like to once again serve God like that? Would you want to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength, living together with all the other believers, just as they did in the beginning? This would truly make a marvelous light* to the world, wouldn't it? Come and see!
* Isaiah 49:6, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 5:14, Matthew 21:43