“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts [2:45]
Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen argues that if a country set aside 3% of its Gross National Product at the onset of a famine, it could prevent that famine from occurring.
Think about that for a moment. If every person and business in a country set aside just 3% of their income during a food crisis, every person in that country would have enough to eat. Solving hunger can be simple, and yet, we live in a world where hunger is a daily reality for millions. Why?
It goes back to our nature. We don’t set aside 3% of our income for others because we are concerned first with protecting our own interests, our own needs, and satisfying our own desires. However, when the Christians of the early church met Jesus, He changed how they saw each other. It was no longer an issue of your need versus my need. God made us one body; adopted us into one family. Now your need is my need.
Do you see yourself as an individual, or part of something bigger? If you see yourself as part of God’s family, how does that affect the way you look at your finances?
Ask God to guide your heart as He did the early Christians’ to see the needs of your brothers and sisters in faith as needs of your own.
Father, you have made me part of a new family. Thank you for bringing me from death to life. Teach me to see the church and the world with the generosity that You have shown me. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Corinthians 9:1-15
1Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom, (New York, NY: Anchor Book; Random House, 1999), 169.