Acts 4:32-35 says:
32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales 35 and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.
Two things stand out to me from these verses about how today’s church should emulate the early church:
- We must preach the story of Christ’s death and resurrection with conviction and boldness. In these verses the apostles gave “testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” with “great power.” They did not meekly preach of His death on the cross and resurrection three days later. Rather they powerfully gave testimony. In the same way, we should give testimony to that Good News and the impact Christ has made in our lives. I know that I need to be more bold in my testimony. I need to not overlook the great things Christ has done for me. And I need to not be shy in sharing those things.
- The second lesson I learned from these four wonderful verses is that the church must support one another. As the Body of Christ we must help one another when one is in need. We must not be stingy with our time and resources. “For there was not a needy person among them.” I do not honestly feel that we, as the Body of Christ today, can say that. We need to unite, and recognize our hurting brothers and sisters in Christ and do something about it. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say that all around the world “there was not a needy person among” us?