Sharing To Meet Needs

Sunday, June 05, 2005

When a person genuinely turns to the Lord, should that change his or her approach to money, personal possessions, and the quest for contentment? The Bible says it should. Look at what believers did in the book of Acts after the Apostle Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; "Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles. "Brethren, what shall we do? Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. and they began selling their property and possessions and where sharing them with all, as anyone might have need" (Acts 2:37-38; Acts 2:41-45). This was not a one time action, the verb tense indicates that they did this every time there was a need.

Unfortunately, not all believers gave with the right motives. In Acts 5:1, "A man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear come over all who heard of it. The young men got up and covered him up, and after carrying hi out, they buried him" (Acts 5:1-6). Why did Ananias die? He died because he lied to God.