THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
“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 HEART
Peanuts cartoonist, Charles Schulz often had a way of delivering life lessons in a humorous way. Years ago, he drew a cartoon with Snoopy shivering out in a snowstorm beside an empty food dish. He was looking longingly, expectantly, toward the house. Lucy came out and said, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled!” Then she turned and went back into the house and slammed the door. In the last frame you saw a confused Snoopy looking toward the house, shivering and hungry and utterly baffled.
Schultz was quoting James 2:16 in the Bible where James wrote, “and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” The early church had a faith that was alive and well. Acts 2:45 tells us they were “distributing” or “sharing” their own profits to help others in need. Not only were they sharing but the imperfect tense of the verb implies that they kept on sharing. They did not give once and stop giving but each time a need arose they shared.
The more we love the bolder we become in our displays of love. Sharing to meet needs is one of the ways we display our love for God, our family, friends, church and community. Would you describe your “sharing” as bold? Have you put limits on your giving that God hasn’t told you to put in place? Check in with God about your “sharing.” Ask Him to show you if there is anything He wants to change. For additional studying on faith and works read James 2:14-26.