All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
It’s a beautiful picture isn’t it? Sharing everything in common. Making sure no one is without need.
Did you know that communism sprung from this idea? Monastic communities started sharing their land and property and from this the idea of communism was born. The problem with communism isn’t the idea. The problem with communism, like most things, is the people who carried it out.
People have always had a problem with sharing. I see it all the time in Kindergarten. Children, and people in general, are so self-focused that they don’t notice those in need around them.
And because here in the west we have so much we don’t realise when people are needy.
It was a whole lot easier to notice the need in Africa. When people are going through your trash cans for food you know they are needy.
But the needy are here too. They are the lonely, the single parents, the widows and widowers, the children living with grandparents.
So what can we do to be the church in our society? Make space! Don’t be so busy that you don’t have time to include others.
Make space in your life to invite the single parents, the widows and widowers to dinner. See how they are going. Ask what they need.
Volunteer in our kids and youth outreach programs, where many children come whose lives are difficult.
Cook meals at Saltbox once a month to those less fortunate.
Give generously. If you have financial resources can I encourage you to give. Give to the church. Give to aid and church organisations in developing countries. Sponsor a child.
Together we can be the church!