The term X factor refers to a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome. In the context of a sporting event, the X factor could be a replacement, substitute or specific play that changes the momentum of a game. This may be an unlikely hero or a star who seizes the moment by coming up clutch. In the 1996 film Tin Cup, Kevin Costner plays Roy McAvoy, a driving range golf professional who qualifies for the United States Open. This reckless golfer takes unnecessary chances, following the motto, “each shot is a defining moment. Either you define the moment or the moment defines you.”
They were continually and faithfully devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles, and to fellowship, to]eating meals together and to prayers. 43 A sense of awe was felt by everyone, and many wonders and signs (attesting miracles) were taking place through the apostles, Acts 2:42-43.
During the first century, few churches had a physical building. Some met in local synagogues, others met outdoors on the outskirts of town, but most gathered in homes. According to Luke, this decision was the X factor in promoting spiritual growth. As people from different ethnic backgrounds began to meet for fellowship, prayer and spiritual discussions, a special bond formed. This spiritual climate set the stage for a revival, the first Great Awakening in history. Outsiders were curious, hungry for what these followers of Christ demonstrated and possessed.
And all those who had believed [in Jesus as Savior] were together and had all things in common [considering their possessions to belong to the group as a whole]. 45 And they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing the proceeds with all [the other believers], as anyone had need, Acts 2:44-45.
Based upon the passage above, poverty was eliminated by this generous group of believers. Whenever a member of the church had an emergency, problem or need, wealthy members sold their possessions to cover any cost or expense. Ultimately, the X factor for any congregation is when people become the hands and feet of Christ. This isn’t done out of a desire to be recognized. Rather, genuine love keeps no record of wrongs, giving out of the goodness of your heart. May the Holy Spirit inspire you to be the X factor in your community.
by Jay Mankus