As I shared yesterday, this life is full of storms for the believer and the non-believer alike. Jesus tells us we will have many trials and sorrows. However, when we build our life upon the rock — when we humbly follow the way Jesus prescribes — we will stand firm despite the storms.
The Storm Could Not Beat the Community
As I’ve said before, I know a little about storms. In 1999, my home was destroyed by the largest F5 tornado ever recorded. So, I’ve been qualified to speak on this topic.
When you are homeless, when you are without so much of what makes you safe, comfortable and secure, you feel helpless and vulnerable.
Fortunately, I belonged to a church. I was a part of a community.
I’m a pretty self-sufficient guy, but in those days after the storm when I couldn’t help myself, God showed me the beauty of his way.
He demonstrated to me why building your life on the rock is so important. When I was helpless, my brothers and sisters in Christ shared what they had, including their homes, and showed me incredible goodwill.
I will never forget all they did for me.
The Local Church Is a Lifesaver
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47 NLT
This picture of the early church means a lot more to me now. I’ve seen the power of Christian community. I’ve witnessed firsthand the difference it makes when the inevitable storms strike hard. I have no idea how non-believers make it through big storms without all the loving care my wife and I received after the tornado, but I know one thing, it is much easier when you are copying Jesus.