“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” – Acts 2:44-45 (NIV)
In today’s world, that’s out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, society preaches the opposite: More is better! People seem to acquire more “things” that they seem to hold onto with a firm grip. Of course, I understand necessities or essentials – for example, people need transportation to get to work – but WHAT IF you and I sold our *nonessentials* in order to provide for those who truly have need?
Here’s what worked for me: Go into your closet, around your house, your basement (I know, it might be intimidating!) Imagine God with you – imagine God cleaning those places out with you. What would He throw in the “to be sold so others may eat” pile?
In my pile were (just to name a couple):
Me: “But God, I really like those bags. This cute little black one, yeah I use it when I go out to dinner with my husband.”
God: “Britt, when was the last time you went out to dinner with you husband?”
Me (shuffles feet): “Um … does PB&J in our backyard when the kiddos go to sleep count?
God: “Britt, you really don’t use that bag, do you?”
Me: “I guess not.”
A fancy dress that I wore back in 2005:
Me: “But God, this was a dress that I wore to a very special ball. It saw important people! I looked so good in this dress! What if I go somewhere fancy again and need this dress?!”
God: “Britt, have you worn this dress since? And don’t start on who you think important people are – remember, I have no favorites. Oh, by the way, give me a break – the dress couldn’t possibly see anyone because it’s not living – whereas I have children all over the world who could benefit from you selling this dress.”
Me (bites lip): “Well, when you put it like that …”
Can you think of some things that you are holding onto? Why are you holding onto them? Are they really that important?
This will be hard. The enemy will try and deceive you. Here’s what he tried whispering in my ear:
“Ah, but what sort of difference would one, two or even a hundred people make? This is a waste of time. Besides, you deserve to hold onto these things. Someone else will take care of those kids.”
But fight back!
Remember that your faith tells you that we serve an amazingly loving God who will work through us – can you imagine the possibilities if you take that first step?