Saturday, April 04, 2009

"...there were no needy persons among them"

ACTS 4: 32-37
"32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. 36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet."

"...there were no needy persons among them" (v34)

This phrase hit me in the head recently.
--> no needy persons? no one who is in need? no poor people? everyone had sufficient? It was actually possible. Possible. Only when everyone shares what they have with each other, holding nothing back.

Is this still possible in our worlds today? Are we too consumed to live for ourselves? Why are there the rich who are extremely wealthy and the poor who are struggling for even a meal a day? Why are there unequal distribution of wealth? Why are there lack of food in some parts of the world and in other parts, the abundance of food? Why are nations building weapons of war when they can't even feed their own people?

What has happened to us? Who stewards the law? Does the law exist to protect the interest of the people or those who are powerful?

The passage in ACTS thought us on the wisdom of sharing EVERYTHING - if we do so, the act of sharing can change things. If nations share their resources, surely there is no need for thousands of people dying each day due to the lack of basics in life. Why can't we share what we have? Is it because we have forgotten in the first place, they don't belong to us? We are merely stewards, not owners of our possessions, time and even our lives.

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