All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32 NLT)
I am trying to figure out what life would be like if we were all as selfless as this passage portrays. My God-loving heart is grateful for all He has given me, and I can verbalize without Him, I’d be nothing, but my actions (which speak much louder than my words) don’t always demonstrate God’s important place in my life. I cannot imagine sharing everything I had all the time.
Strangely enough, one of my fonder memories was during Hurricane Ike when we were without electricity for three days. Our neighborhood came together, played outside all day long, shared the food out of our fridges with each other, and it really felt like a strange phenomenon was happening… it felt as if what we owned was no longer ours but everyone’s. The men helped each other inspect damage, repair roofs, and cook meals on the grill. We all hung outside and grew in community during those three days. It was nice knowing my neighbors would be there for each other in crisis.
So what would it look like if we did those kinds of things more often? If we offered to others the things we hold most dear?