“God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:33-34, NIV, 2011).
The Jerusalem church took care of its own. No one fell through the cracks, at least not in its earliest days. Think for a moment about the economic impact of all those people who had become Christians. Surely, some had lost their jobs, as have many today. Others, in small family businesses, were no doubt cut off by some of their customers. Again, this is a problem we’re seeing today. Still others who had come from long distances for the Feast of Pentecost and had been converted would not have the means to eat and lodge in Jerusalem indefinitely. Something had to be done. So the church took care of all its needy people. Verse 32 tells us why: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” It’s a little like college students living in a dormitory, sharing Doritos and Mountain Dew at 1:00 a.m., borrowing old cars and wearing each other’s clothes, and in one memorable instance, holding a massive garage sale to raise the seed money for an elevator in the chapel building at Lincoln Christian University in hopes that their friends with physical limitations could take classes upstairs there, like everyone else. This was prophetic action; theirs was a caring voice, united in economic boldness. Father, please place our hearts in front of our treasures today. Let this be our heart’s cry, church.