A Loving Church
The great number of converts in Jerusalem after Pentecost created an economic emergency. Many of these believers had come from other places for the Jewish feast days and now that they had been born again, they remained but were unprepared financially for the longer stay. Others may have lost their means of livelihood because of being identified with Jesus.
They would survive. Why? And how?
Because the Christians in Jerusalem loved one another more than they loved their possessions. They sold their possessions and pooled their resources to meet this emergency.
Most American Christians know little of sharing with the needy in their fellowship. We have become so accustomed to having the government handle emergencies that we often neglect those near us in times of need.
How long has it been since you sent a gift to one in need?
What have you sacrificed in your church?
What do you intend to do about it?
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit” (James 2:15-16).