What a difference between focusing on our responsibility toward others before our own rights! 

And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need. Acts 4:34-35 (The Message)

Today, too easily, we look at the world through the eyes of scepticism and doubt. Distrust is our constant companion and materialism has focused our minds on  to what we own as our priority. Yet the early church was a place where believers shared all they had without thought for themselves. The apostles were responsible for distibuting the proceeds from the sale of possessions and property. It was the believers, however, who willingly gave up all. I wonder, if we take the Bible as our guide for life, how willing we would be to put our needs before leaders in our church and trust that we would be treated fairly? So certain that we may be willing to sell what we own and allow for the proceeds to be shared out according to need. Even if this is not our literal way of living, how willing are we to place the principle of responsiblity toward others before our own rights into our daily life?

May we be willing to see our needs as they are and to willingly lay down what we own in order that others needs may be met. Amen.