Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Hoarding Church: Not A Part of God's Plan

Perhaps one of the most beautiful illustrations in the New Testament of the early church is that of a sharing community. People spontaneously gave from what they possessed to help meet the needs of others, and so much so that the Bible says that "there were no needy persons among them" (see Acts 4: 32-37).

Are there needy persons in the church today? (No guilt trip intended). Hmm. Maybe we'll just leave that question alone.

This attitude of concern for those in need wasn't limited to only the local faith community either; they gave to fellow believers in distant places as well. The point is, whenever and wherever there was a need, the true church responded to help meet that need. To be sure, they also had in their midst conniving spirits who were less than honest in their giving, such as the story of Ananias and Sapphira, but God swiftly judged and passed sentence on their dishonesty and duplicity. Likewise hoarding was not a part of God's plan for the church, as seen in this post's meme above.

Let's Change Gears

My wife and I have been talking lately about visiting a lawyer and renewing our Last Will and Testaments. It's not that we have a lot of earthly treasures that require a careful post-death distribution plan, for we don't, but we would rather have control over what does get distributed to whom than allow the government to one day make that decision for us.

Still, wouldn't it be something if one day, when they bury the last surviving member of this marital union, there's nothing much left to bequeath because while we yet lived, God had imparted such a concern in us for the needs of others that most of the estate had already been given away? No, we're not there yet, and maybe we never will be. Maybe this is an unrealistic utopian idea. But in the end, doesn't it all come down to our attitudes concerning our worldly wealth and riches in relation to the poor and hungry, both in the church with us, and in the communities around us? Do we really care about them and their needs? Jesus does.

What if this very night our lives were demanded from us? Then who will get what we've prepared for ourselves? (Luke 12:20). Something to think about. Peace.

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