“This was not some government-mandated socialistic ‘redistribution of wealth’!”
How could this be?
Christ had risen from the grave.
His followers were filled with His power.
Then something radical happened–
A “me first” attitude began to shape their actions…but, in this case, it wasn’t selfish!
Scripture tells us:
“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:34-35).
Don’t misunderstand what was going on here…
This was not some government-mandated socialistic “redistribution of wealth”!
Instead, what happened was that Christ’s love so saturated His followers with concern for each other that, as some had pressing needs, others leapt to voluntarily give. It was as if — in response to the question, “Who will give to meet these needs?” — they answered, “Me first!”
Later on, the Apostle Paul commended Christians living in the city of Corinth for that very thing – for being “first in” and leading the way in giving to meet others’ needs:
“…this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.” (2 Corinthians 8:10)
He also did so to Christians living in the city of Philippi:
“…no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for…you sent a gift more than once for my needs.” (Philippians 4:14-17)
How many times a day — in our workplaces, as well as our churches, communities, and even families — do we see people clamoring to give and to help?
(How often do we clamor to give and to help?)
Isn’t the norm to hang back and hope others will step in and act, so we don’t have to do it?
Well…thank God He took the initiative to give His only Son, to do for us on the cross what we could never have done for ourselves. What an example His generous, lavish love sets for us!
Right now, in the ministry of Corporate Chaplains of America, we know of companies passing through uncertain, difficult seasons and who feel like – at the very moment their employees most need chaplain care — they may not be able to continue providing it. Would you consider giving to our Partner Special Care Fund, created to help provide temporary continuance of chaplaincy care to people even when their companies must, for a time, forego paying for it?
“For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, ‘Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.'” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15)
If you will be willing to invest in the lives of others in this way – perhaps by giving $25, $50, or $100 monthly — we are confident people will be helped and you will be blessed. And, because none of us knows what tomorrow may hold, at a later time in our own lives we may experience for ourselves the truth of God’s Word:
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
Thanks for prayerfully considering this need, and for being willing to declare by your giving, “Me first!” God bless you.