“For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.” – Acts 4:32-37
“Mine!” Remember that one word that could grip the attention of everyone who heard it? Thankfully, this one word that seems to cause some people to cringe is mostly yelled out by children when they think what they have is about to be taken. As we grow and mature, most of us learn it is a good thing to share. In fact, it can actually bring joy to share with another. There had been such a move of the Holy Spirit amongst this group of people who once were socially, economically and spiritually divided. However, Peter stood up, spoke the Word of God, and those who believed became “one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them” (v. 32). So rather than hearing “mine,” one could only imagine hearing shouts of “Here! This is yours!” That is what can happen when you first connect to the spirit of God and then with one another. Christ in you compels you to give so there is not one needy person among you.
What can you give to another who is in need to show them the power of connecting and belonging in community?