MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
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.
Acts 4:32 (NLT)
BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT: GENEROSITY
Mark Twain used to say he put a dog and a cat in a cage together as an experiment, to see if they could get along. They did, so he put in a bird, pig and goat. They, too, got along fine after a few adjustments. Then he put in a Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist; soon there was not a living thing left. (Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace).
We learned on Sunday that the early church was a generous church. One of the reasons they were generous was because of the unity they shared. Acts 4:32 teaches the church was “united in heart and mind.” A.T. Robertson says, “It is not possible to make a sharp distinction between heart and soul here (see Mark 12:30), only that there was harmony in thought and affection. (Word Pictures in the New Testament) Their oneness of heart and soul was reflected by love in action manifested in a tangible way through their sharing of finances. Because they were one in spirit, they regarded people as more important than things.
1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” This oneness was what Jesus had prayed for asking His Father “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21)
Do you believe our church is unified? How do you think unity directly impacts generosity?
Praise God for the unity of God the Father and God the Son. Ask God to help our church reflect that same type of unity.