One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Acts. It tells the story of the early church as they try to deal with life after Jesus The Christ and remain faithful to the task that He set before them. In a world full of individualism and self-pleasing people I watched a refreshing documentary entitled, "Craigslist Joe" it tells the story of a guy who wondered if he could survive for 30 days based on the generosity of people utilizing only Craigslist. This reminds me of the latter part of Acts 4 where it says that nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
The church was built on generosity! That's an interesting concept to give up some possessions to help those in need. I wander if the Church could be considered generous today? Craigslist Joe discovered that there are still some generous people out there in the world! I encourage you today to be a generous giver. Give up something that someone may have what they need. Jesus THE Christ gave up his life that we might have what we needed and that is fellowship with God. Let us follow this example and give up something this Lenten season so that someone else can have what they need.
We cannot be the church and not be generous its apart of who we are! The interesting part about that passage of scripture is that the greatest witness the early church gave to the world was that they valued Christ more than anything the world could offer and that's why they could give away the things the world valued.
Scripture Reference: Acts 4:34-35