“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” Acts 2:44-45
We have come to the end of the week, and I hope that you have all enjoyed reading about people mentioned in the Bible who were willing to give generously, and thus were blessed for it. There are others we could have mentioned, but time and space did not permit us to do so. Take some time to search out some of them for yourselves.
In deciding a way to wrap up this series, I was reminded of what happened in the early church. Acts 2 lets us know that as the love of Jesus filled the hearts of people, it gave them compassion and love for others. Many are mentioned as selling their goods and using the money to help those who were in need.
As the Christmas season approaches, there are many ways that we can reach out to people in need. At our church, people have packed boxes for Samaritan’s Purse, sending gifts to children in other countries. For the last few years, our Senior Group, and others in the church have donated to our local Food Banks. It is great to give to these good causes, and God will bless us for it.
In prayer this morning, the following scripture came to my mind:
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10.
There may be families in your church congregation or in your neighbourhood who need some help at this time. Food prices are rising. In our area, chilly weather is coming, and children may need warm clothing. We must be careful to not embarrass them in any way, so, if possible, give anonymously. One uncomplicated way is to buy a gift card for a grocery store and give it to your Pastor to pass on to a family in need. Or put it in an envelope and slip it to them quietly. You may not be able to supply all their need, but every little bit helps. Jesus said,
“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Jesus has given us so much, and we are thankful and grateful for the way He supplies our needs. As we pass that blessing along to others, we will be blessed abundantly. Try Him and prove that it is indeed more blessed to give than receive.
Prayer: Jesus we are so thankful for all the blessings that you have bestowed upon us. Guide us by your Holy Spirit as to what you want us to share with others.
Devotion by Anne Johnston