“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” Acts [4:32]
Perhaps this passage causes you to wonder whether this is a biblical endorsement for a communist approach to government. It isn’t! Communism essentially says, “What’s yours is everyone’s.” It’s a governmental system that requires the sharing of resources. That is very different than what the 1st Century church in Jerusalem practiced. Their approach was, “What’s mine is yours.” Their fellowship was permeated with a generous, giving spirit. They willingly took care of one another. They modeled what it means to give freely without coercion or governmental mandate.
There is no other New Testament record of this sort of communal sharing, so we shouldn’t apply this passage universally to all groups of believers. However, the general practice of giving what you have for the good of others is certainly something Christ followers should regularly consider.
Even though the early church didn’t pray specifically for unity in Acts 4, the result of their praying together was an uncommon unity. The expression “one heart and soul” indicates that the believers were thinking and wanting the same things. Their genuine concern for one another led them to share their possessions.
Let’s have hearts that are ready to give and pray for the good of others.
God, give me eyes to see clearly the needs of others. May I have a generous heart toward others. Help me model your love to those in need. Amen.
1 Corinthians 7:1-16