Job 10-12; Acts 4; Psalm 37:20-40
Over and over again we are staggered by the Life present in the church in Acts. I am privileged to be one of the founder members of a community which to this day sees such evidence of life. The disciples live without fear in the face of opposition to faith which is frankly unknown to most of us. But the opposition and the lack of fear have the same root, the presence of Christ amongst his people . . . something which we speak of, but which the quiet carefulness of our Christian lives, the agonized strategising of our church bodies denies.
Dare we with the apostles pray for boldness?
Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish prophet of our age saw our problem only too well – that we are all engaged in idle reflection, rather than risky commitment. Our commitments are to ideas, not to Life. Would we know the life of Christ present among us? Would we know once more a church which turns the world upside down? Then we too must commit to one another, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Only in this radical interdependence is is Life known . . . ‘the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul . . . and great grace was upon them all’