"All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need."
I’ve tried for weeks now to think of a story from my life to illustrate Acts 4:32-35 but I’ve been unsuccessful in thinking of one. Why? Because I’ve never lived this way before.
So, I am just going to break down these verses phrase by phrase and hopefully we can both learn something today. Here’s what I do know: Jesus wants us to live this way. Now I must figure out how. So, here it goes…
“All the believers were united in heart and mind.”
The Church was united together. They worshiped the same God. They had dinner together. They spent time together. They lived together. They were involved in each other’s lives and not through Facebook. They truly loved each other and wanted what was best for their friends. This kind of living glorifies God.
“ And they felt that what they owned was not their own,”
The people in the Church understood that everything they had was a gift from God. So, their money and possessions wasn’t theirs. It belonged to God and the Church.
“ so they shared everything they had.”
Because their possessions didn’t belong to them, they shared everything. If their neighbor needed money, or a place to sleep, or food, they would just hand it over no questions asked. No expectancy of receiving something in return. They just gave. Why? Because giving is always connected to the heart. When you love someone, you would give all you have for them.
“ The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.”
God richly blessed these people. The Church grew. Lost people were being found. Chained people were being set free.
“ There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.”
Needy people were being provided for. They didn’t just pray for each other. They did everything they could to be the answer to the prayers they were praying.
So, here is my takeaway:
I will glorify Jesus with my life when I am willing to love people enough to give everything I have for them. I won’t just pray for them when they have a need; but I will do everything I can to be the answer to the prayer I am praying for them. After all, I cannot outgive God.
Jesus gave his life for us. Why? So we could have a relationship with God.
Why should we give our time, money, and service to others? So they can be filled with new life in Christ.
I hope you feel challenged. I sure do.
Eric Armonaitis works at The Journey as The Director of Volunteers, and really enjoys writing these devotions – this is his third. 🙂