I was at the hospital today to get an x-ray and ultrasound. It was such a pleasure to have staff that were so courteous. The lady who conducted the ultrasound took the time to spend a few minutes talking with me after the procedure. She extended her kindness to me. In a highly individualistic society where we live by the principle of independence and self-reliance, we tend to lose what it means to be human.
Being human means to connect with others. I so often look at and am challenged by the early believers in Acts and how they lived out their faith by deeply caring for others and sharing their resources for the benefit of the community. While their social and cultural context is different from ours, we can still embrace this biblical model for living. In Southern Africa there is a Zulu word Ubuntu which in a sense, describes how the people of the early church lived. Ubuntu literally means “human-ness”, and is often translated as “humanity towards others” Practicing this idea of Ubuntu will certainly promote social cohesion but if lived out with a biblical understanding of the Gospel, the outcome will have a greater impact. Can you imagine the impact if Ubuntu is taken further than merely promoting being kind to one another; if it also included reflecting and pointing to Christ?
Acts 2:44-46, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”
Ephesians 4: 32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”