14 Mar The Financial Posture of Church Members: Unified in Heart and Soul – 3/14/21
Acts 4:32-35 – “And the congregation of those who believed were of 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. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 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.“
As members of the church, we are all parts of the same body, united through Christ Jesus. Yet living in the US where individualism abounds, we often lose sight of our connection to the larger church body. There are two issues that prevent us from fully becoming the church of ‘one heart and soul’ as described in Acts. Some of us are busy storing up wealth and increasing luxuries for ourselves and our immediate family, when we should be holding this wealth with an open hand to meet some of the basic needs of the church body. Others in the church are in true financial need, but have difficulty admitting their need and asking for help from the congregation.
Lord, we pray that you would help us become a church of ‘one heart and soul’ where those with true needs ask and those with abundance freely give – until people would say, ‘there was not a needy person among them’. Amen.