The Thriving Family in Acts 4By Pam Pugh, Partner–Women Doing Well
History paints pictures of families that thrived and families that ended in disaster. We all hope our family’s story will be one of thriving. Did you know that Acts 4 offers a fantastic window of insight into a family rich in love and concern for others who left a legacy of a thriving community? As a matter of fact, we can thank the Acts 4 family for being central in spreading the good news of Jesus.
From Scripture, we learn that this family had the following characteristics:
• They spoke truth with freedom, boldness and courage. They lived so aware of God that they couldn’t quit talking about Him. As verse 20 says, “...for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
• They lived with a united heart and mind. They communicated with each other what they believed and it guided them toward how they would behave.
• They viewed possessions not for their own use exclusively, but for God’s use to help others. The Acts 4 family gave land and houses as an offering to God to be used for those who had needs.
The Acts 4 family was a living testimony of the resurrection power of Jesus. They lived their lives before others in strength and conviction. It was contagious and served as a catalyst for spreading local faith into global faith.
The reward? Verse 33b says, “Great grace was upon them all.” All families want that. The Acts 4 family enjoyed that.
As your family gathers over the holidays, consider three discussion questions to bring the Acts 4 family into your home:
• Where are you seeing God at work around you?
• What are our spoken and unspoken family values?
• What do we have that needs to be dedicated back to God?