There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. —Acts 4:34-35

            These believers in the early church lived in such a way that there “was not a needy person among them.”  They were truly concerned for each other and many of those who had assets sold them so the needs of others could be met.  These people owned lands or houses, but to help their brothers they were willing to sell those properties and bring the proceeds to the apostles.  The apostles then “distributed to each as any had need.”

            So apparently there was good communication and those with needs were known and the needs met.  This is a good model for us today.  When needs are known the church should seek to meet those needs, not forced, but as our Lord moves people to do so.  Remember though, these are needs not wants and if a person has assets of their own they should sell them to meet their own needs and not expect to receive proceeds from others selling their assets. 

            You can see that private ownership of property was taking place at this time.  It was not communism or socialism.  People had the right to sell their own property and to use the proceeds as they desired.  Those in the church are not forced to do anything, but it is out of love for God and love for His people that they give of what they have to meet the needs of others.

            So let us model after their example and as we have the ability to meet the needs of others, let us do so.  Yes, Dear Father, show me where the needs are that You desire me & Elaine to meet as we are able.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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