And laid them down at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Most of us have old golf clubs and hundreds of balls lying around our closets and basements. We have great intentions of possibly reverting back that old putter one day and using those box of balls for chipping in the yard. The golf season comes and goes, yet the clubs and balls are still gathering dust. Go ahead and donate those clubs and balls to the youth at your local course. Those clubs have no trade value at a store, but the trade value is immeasurable to see a smile on a kid’s face when he/she couldn’t ordinarily afford clubs to play. We often times find ourselves wasting our time, talent and resources in the same fashion. We have great intentions of visiting that sick member from church or donating to the mission trip fund “one day.” We come up with excuses like “when I get my tax refund”, “I’ll have more time when my kids get out of soccer season”, or “when I pay off my truck, I’ll be in a better position to give.” The scripture above speaks to the great sacrifices the church community made to give to those in need. The people sold their houses and land and gave the full amount for distribution because they recognized the great needs. In Acts 5, we read the story of Ananias and his wife Sapphira. Ananias sold his land, but kept part of the proceeds for himself. Peter confronted Ananias of his deception and let him know he did not lie to man, but he lied to God. Everything we possess is of God. He is merely allowing us to have or use it for a season. Cars will finally breakdown and bank accounts will one day be distributed to debtors or left to family members to fight over. Some of us are blessed with more materials and earthly possessions of value than others. However, if we are saved and have Christ as our Savior, we have the greatest possession attainable. Most importantly, it is our duty to share our testimony of salvation to those in need. Don’t hold back!