Our Daily Journey with God
Church of the Open Drawer
What will you do to help needy people in your church, neighborhood, and world this week? How will you boldly tell others about Jesus?
Some ancient churches in the UK are reluctantly "sharing" material wealth with others. The "goods" are being pried off church buildings by thieves. In 2007 alone, more than 1,000 churches lost tons of lead- ripped from their roofs.
Lead a popular roofing material in medieval times, is worth $3,200 a ton- more than seven times, its value just 5 years ago.
The people of the early church in Jerusalem, however, gladly "shared everything they had" [Acts 4:32]. Some of them even sold land or houses to help meet the needs of others.
The reason for this goodwill can be traced all the way back to God's ancient commands to the Israelites, such as "There should be no poor among you" [Deuteronomy 15:4]. These newbie Christians considered themselves to be a right-living remnant of Israel.
But there's something more. Check out Acts and you'll read of the believers in Jerusalem praising God for the release of Peter and John from the Sanhedrin- the top religious council in the land.
After the people had praised God in prayer, "they were all filled with they Holy Spirit. then they preached the word of God with boldness" [Acts 4:31]
Do you see it? The Holy Spirit guided them and He leads us to:
- Boldly tell others about Jesus [v.31]
- Lovingly share possessions to help other believers [v.32]
This kind of Spirit- led sharing reveals the heart of God. For as we pour out helpful resources from out "open drawers," the love of Jesus is made real to a needy world. ~Tom Felten