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Lost Wonder

This event in Acts 5 marks the beginning of the lost wonder of God. Oh, it didn’t happen overnight. But gradually as the 120 who are full of God start dealing with issues resulting from those who aren’t, their fullness fades and the wonder is lost.

This first incident is handled by God Himself. Ananias and Sapphira, as a result of not being full of God, have yielded to the temptation to keep for themselves some of what they had promised to God. Though this incident does not have a negative effect on the 120, it does mark the beginning of other incidents that will. Soon the group will become scattered and distracted by issues.

It is interesting, and I think maybe by the statement God made by the way He handled Ananias and Sapphira, verse 13 says “No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people”. This group of 120 was pretty tight. They were of ‘one heart and mind’. “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.”

It makes sense, this idea of the early church selling their possessions, when you think of it in relation to this small group. They were a part of something that was bigger than life. It meant more to them than life. Possessions meant nothing. It was nothing for them to sell them. It is hard for us to imagine being willing to do the things they did because we have not seen the things they were seeing. Can you imagine if you did see it though – if you were right in the middle of it? Would it not change your perspective?

How many groups of 10, 30 or 120 are there in the world today that need to come together until they are empowered. They may not see as much of the miraculous as these first 120 saw, but what if we saw part of it? Isn’t the world—and church—in desperate need of seeing some of God’s lost wonder?

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