What was the best day of your life? Can you remember it? What was the weather like? Who did you share it with? What did you do? What made it great? Can you remember it?
Did that day change the way you live? Did it alter your week? Your month? Your year? Did it change the way you live?
For Christians, the best day of our lives should be the day that God, through the power of the cross, set us free from the power of sin (Romans 6:1-18), adopted us as sons and daughters (Galatians 3:26-28), and remade our lives into something worthy of his cause (Colossians 2:11-14).
And that day — that day should change the way we view the world. It should change the way we view ourselves. It should change the way we view others. It should change the way we live.
Two millennia ago, about three thousand souls experienced that change on the same day (Acts 2:41). They shared that remarkable day with people from all over the Roman world. Whatever plans they had to return home were changed. That day changed everything. And what followed is notable.
“Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts” (Acts 2:46 NET).
Every day they met publicly, and every day they met privately. Many Christians see each other rarely, often only publicly, and that is a shame. We are distracted, busy, and self-involved.
Forgive me for getting personal, but I’d like to share with you one way that my wife Julia and I are trying to help change the way we live. We call it “Tuesday Nights Together” (or TNT as it is written on our kitchen calendar). And, as the acronym would suggest, it has proven powerful.
Each Tuesday evening everyone in our local congregation is invited to our house for a hot meal, a few laughs, and some very important time together. Young couples with no children, couples with young children, empty nesters, grandparents, widows and widowers, all are welcome at our table. We talk, laugh, and eat good food. It is nothing fancy, but it is always special.
We are not the first to offer this arrangement, and others likely are doing far more than us. Some meet regularly in homes. I do not share this for glory or praise. I deserve neither. However, Julia is a different story. Her dedication to this is quite commendable.
I don’t know how much of an impact TNT is having on others, but it is having a profound impact on me. I love my brothers and sisters, but as they know, I am an introvert. I thrive in solitude and silence. But this night is the highlight of my week. Opening my home has helped me to open my heart. I am thankful for everyone who comes for they help me become more like Christ.
While the unique circumstances of those early Christian converts called for unique solutions, let us not dismiss the importance of being together. It does not have to be fancy, but it is always special.