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There Are No Needy Persons Among Them

Weekly Devotionals

There Are No Needy Persons Among Them

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. Acts 4:32-37 

There are many passages in the Bible to teach us about money. Especially in the Old Testament, there some passages indicate that money leads to idolatry (Deut. 32:10-18, Isa. 2:6-8). Some renders that money is a sign of faithfulness (Lev.26:3-10; Deut. 11:13-15) and it is the reward for hard labor (Prov. 10-21).

There are also many passages appear in the New Testament to deliver the basic themes on money. Acts 4:32-37 is one of the passage to introduce the good example of Christian generosity regarding money.

According to Ben Witherington II, Acts 4:32 “no one called personal or private anything that belonged to him. Everything was shared in common.” Is the key verse. He suggests that we should note that this practice is tied to being of “one in heart and mind” because it is the practice that reflects the heart desire and agreement within the community about the way things ought to be. That is that no one is claiming owner’s rights, exhibiting selfishness or possessiveness. Because there is a realization among them that all things belong to God. Thus their goal is not an abstract or dogmatic notion of unity but simply meeting the need of others.

Are there needy persons among us? What would God have us do with the property that he has blessed us with or gifted to us?