WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
Acts 2:45 ESV
BOLD COMPASSION: OPEN MY HANDS
A wealthy man was moving into a new house and his next-door neighbor just happened to be a Quaker. Quakers believe in simplicity and plainness in life. The Quaker neighbor watched as the movers carted in numerous pieces of furniture, a great deal of clothing, and many more decorative pieces. Then he walked over to his neighbor and said in his quaint, Quaker way, “Neighbor, if thee hath need of anything, please come to see me and I’ll tell thee how to get along without it.”
The early church had learned “how to get along without it.” In Acts 2:45 they were selling their possessions and belongings as needs arouse within the church family. Because God had blessed them they wanted to be a blessing to those who had needs. They ultimately loved God and people more than they loved their things.
Many of us have been greatly blessed by God with the ability to work and to provide above and beyond for ourselves and our families. And there are some of us going through seasons where we are struggling to make ends meet. Paul told the church in Philippians that he knew what it was like to be in both places. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12-13, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” He concluded by saying in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Loving and trusting Jesus to provide is the key to a proper perspective on owning, letting go and sharing our possessions. There is nothing wrong with owning things unless the things start to own us or become more important to us than loving God and loving others. What are the possessions in your life you would have a hard time “getting along without?” The Bible says every good and perfect gift comes from God. Thank God for those possessions and acknowledge that they came from Him. Ask God to give you a proper gratitude and perspective on those things and a willingness to let go of them if He ever asks you to.