So, yesterday I randomly saw a friend of mine (well, actually my parents) and ended up talking to her for about 30 minutes! It was so great! After I told her where I had been and what my next plans are, we talked about how she and her husband have a vision to start a living community, and desire to live in community with other believers! She told me how she and her husband had gone to a conference in California, and heard Shane Claiborne speak, and met with him afterward. It was so encouraging talking to her, and sharing our similar visions/dreams/plans! At one point in the conversation, I told her that I was going to step out in my gift of prophecy, and say that I really believe that God is calling many people to live out what it says in the New Testament, and how living in community will be central to that. I felt strongly in that moment that I was supposed to openly take a leap of faith and prophecy, because I DO believe that a day is coming when more and more followers of Jesus will actually live out what the Gospel is, and it will start with living in community!
This evening I went to my room to pray and seek God, and began by reading through a few scriptures. I started in Jeremiah, and then turned to Acts chapter 2. I had not intended to read the entire chapter, but after getting part way through, decided to read the whole chapter. In the last verses of this chapter, my prophecy was confirmed!
"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 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 2:42-47 NLT
I really believe that God is going to bring a time when more and more people will start living out the Gospel, and start living in community as this passage describes!