Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:32-37, NRSV)
Everything all of the believers had was held in common. And they distributed to anyone as they had need.
How many of us are ready to do that?
How many of us are willing to think about this?
The issue here is they didn’t own anything and saw everything they had as a blessing from God. This allowed everyone to sell all of their property and give all of the money to the disciples to use as it was needed.
Stuff is not bad. But when we give it too much value then it becomes an idol. We need to keep things in perspective, and the early church did that by selling everything and letting the apostles decide who needed what.
Are you ready for that?