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Paying It Forward

June 9, 2012

Greetings,

“All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.  There were no needy persons among them.  For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”  Acts 4:32-35

This passage blows me away every time I read it.  It just shows what can happen when Christ followers are one, united, in heart and mind.  When we are one it is truly possible to be selfless, instead of selfish.  When we are able to share everything with our sisters and brothers without holding anything back, it is a great witness of what The Lord can accomplish within and among us.

 In the relational home fellowships I have been involved in we have tried to operate according to the principals found in this passage and we have had varied success over the years and some failures.  I think we have discovered that sharing everything works great when it flows naturally in any given situation, but when we strive for it things get messed up in a hurry.  Like so many things in Christ, we are not supposed to make things happen by the arm of the flesh.  Striving for something never really works, but when you sit back and allow it to happen in Him it can bring amazing results.  Some of the great things we have seen happen are giving six thousand dollars to a family so they could establish a business and housechurch in Sochi Russia.  That one bore much fruit.  We have also helped one another with huge medical bills.  Another thing we have done is to help local families who have lost their homes and belongings to fires.  Perhaps the simplest thing we have ever done was buy a new lawnmower and share it between five households.  In our small circle no one with a real need has ever done without.  Like a family we just take care of each other.  We always give shelter and food to any who has need.

Today I am able to write this blog on a “new” computer because of someone else who has chosen to live their life according to the principals found in this passage and elsewhere in the bible.  This brother found out that I was in need of a new computer and he did not hesitate to send me one as soon as he had the opportunity.  The only way I know this brother is via this blog, but he said he saw my need and just had to treat me like family.  For this I am extremely grateful and now I will be looking to “pay it forward” the Jesus way.  

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. I have found from experience that it is the love of Jesus that makes this passage work. People have read it and tried to make it work by the arm of their flesh and have failed. When His love overflows in our hearts, the things of this earth, even our possessions, have little value unless they are put in Jesus hands to distribute as He sees fit for the needs of those who are in His body. “And none were lacking…” I love that phrase. When was the last time you saw a congregation in which His love flowed so freely that none were lacking? It is not about giving God ten percent, but rather giving Him your whole heart and letting His love direct you in all things.

  2. Gary permalink

    Very cool and yes, sharing only works when it’s from the heart and not by compulsion (2 Cor 9:7). It is my belief the reason Communal Living works at places like JPUSA and failed so bad in the former USSR is that the former is a voluntary community and the latter was enforced. We need to give freely within our own personal freedom; not bullied into giving, loving or even forgiving by anyone else. IMO, it’s only “real” if it comes from the heart. Anything else is merely “show”. When the Spirit moves us, we move with the Spirit.

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