God is always faithful. It is repeated numerous times in the Bible i.e. Psalm 33:4, 1Corinthians 1:9, 2 Timothy 2:13, etc. However people aren’t always–even Christians. Something I continue to find frustrating is when people are not open with their time, group of friends, possessions, resources, or attention. I know life gets busy but as Christians we are modeling Christ. My personal ideal is found in Acts 4 Msg ” 32-33 The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.
34-35 And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.”
To me that’s living this walk. To share whatever you have so that everyone who has a need is met. Maybe that’s a tall order but I experience and see other people’s needs on a frequent basis and it’s hard when your heart desires to share and provide and that’s not always what other people feel led to do or passionate about.
What is a practical way you can release ownership of what’s in your hands? It doesn’t have to be money. It can be simply inviting someone to sit with your group of friends and not claiming ownership of your clique. It can be giving the last item in stock to the person shopping behind you instead of taking it for yourself even though you need it. Be inventive. I long for a community where it’s common to treat fellow believers as well as they treat themselves. Their best.
This is just something that is on my heart. I pray for the day that I don’t just live paycheck to paycheck and can be generous above and beyond what I can now.