What Do They Need?

Acts 4:32-35
"Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need."

When we read these passages we usually get sidetracked into political qualifications. No, this isn’t an enforced communism or socialism but that’s not the point, either. The point is the generosity of the saints with their treasure and their time to serve those in need.

Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?

One mark of the maturing believer is that we see others’ needs more and more, and focus on our own needs less and less. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet in his last week to emphasize this. He came to serve, not be served. Too often we get it the other way around. One way to think of this is whenever you are at church or a party or some get together, be on the lookout and plan to come away with one thing you can do for someone else in the next few days.

Do you care for the needs of others?


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