Monday, April 1, 2019
God Blesses Me So I Can Bless Others
In review of Acts 2:44-45 it says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need” (NIV).
Today’s passage is from the last part of Acts 2. In it I read that all the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed.
Recognizing the other believers as brothers and sisters in the family of God, the Christians in Jerusalem shared all they had so that ll could benefit from God's gifts. It is tempting, especially if we have material wealth, to cut myself off from others, concerning myself with only my own interests, providing for and enjoying our own little piece of the world. But as part of God's spiritual family, it is my responsibility to help others in every way possible. God's family works best when its members work together.
No one sacrificed like the early church. In Acts 2:44-45, the Bible says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need” (NIV). These early Christians didn’t just give their money. They were generous with everything they had. You could say they were radically generous.
What would happen through our churches if we were just as radically generous? The Bible reminds me that I’m a steward, or manager, of all that God has given me. I’m responsible to use my resources in a way that impacts the Kingdom.
God doesn’t just give me resources for my own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around me. God never blesses me just to sit on what I have. He blesses me so that I can bless others.
That’s a hopeful, encouraging truth to remember throughout the year, because generosity isn’t something we only display at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I need to find ways to be radically generous, and make an impact on the people in my church, my community, and those God has strategically placed in my life.
They helped each other out in every way by selling what they had and giving it to others.
What this means to me:
It is my responsibility to help others out in every way possible when they have needs.
In summary, all the believers continued in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They sold possessions and distributed them with others. As part of God's spiritual family, it is my responsibility to help others in any way possible. Early Christians didn't just give their money, they were generous with everything they had.I'm reminded that I a steward, or manager, of all that God has given me. I'm responsible in a way that will impact the Kingdom. What God has given me is not just for my own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around me. He blesses me so that I can bless others.
Father, thank you for the reminder this morning that what you have given me is to be used to bless others and not for me alone. You want me to make an impact and a difference to those around me. This morning Father I pray that you help remind me of this throughout my day. I also as for your wisdom and guidance in how I handle the task in front of me, how I lead and how I interact with others. This I pray through your Son Jesus name, amen!
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