“Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one [of them] claimed that anything belonging to him was [exclusively] his own, but everything was common property and for the use of all. And with great ability and power the apostles were continuously testifying to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace [God’s remarkable lovingkindness and favor and goodwill] rested richly upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling them, and bringing the proceeds of the sales and placing the money down at the apostles’ feet. Then it was distributed to each as anyone had need. Now Joseph, a Levite and native of Cyprus, who was surnamed Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), sold a field belonging to him and brought the money and set it at the apostles’ feet.” Acts 4:32-37 AMP
This passage is one that continually gives encouragement. Believers willingly giving of themselves, their time, and their possessions to meet the needs of others. The sharing food and necessary items with those in need. Scripture tells us some even sold their homes and land. They lived a life of generosity. The early church recognized the gifts they were given were not their own, so they gave generously. They were sacrificial for the love of their brothers and sisters in Christ.
The testimony and actions of the early church are beautiful examples to us centuries later of how we can best love and serve one another. We can certainly learn from their extravagant, gracious generosity. For some, it is giving a bag of groceries or cleaning out a closet. Maybe providing a vehicle or opening a home to a family. What ideas come to mind? Does someone come to mind?
The result of the blessing of generosity? Unity. These verses are descriptive of the extravagant beauty when we, together, truly love one another.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head, Coming down on the beard, Even the beard of Aaron, Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body]. It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon Coming down on the hills of Zion; For there the LORD has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.” Psalms 133:1-3 AMP
Our Faith Connections Challenge: Who comes to mind that may have a need you could meet? Bless them with your generosity.