Big Hat, No Cattle
At one time or another, we all struggle with wanting to put our best foot forward to impress people. What areas do you find yourself doing this?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. We fend the approach of our fellow man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs. We cover up our thought from him under a hundred folds.”
Selling and sharing
Acts 4:32-37 NASB
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. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 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 and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need. Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
The Book of Acts is DESCRIPTIVE not prescriptive.
Turn back in Acts..
Acts 2:42-46 NASB
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
Big Gift, No Reward
Acts 5:1-2 NASB
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet.
Not the full precept...
Acts 5:3-4 NASB
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
1 couple, 1 time
Acts 5:7-11 NASB
Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter responded to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price?" And she said, "Yes, that was the price." Then Peter said to her, "Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well." And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.
Two Things to Remember:
1. When the Holy Spirit shows up, generosity breaks out.
Ask yourself, "Am I becoming more generous?" If the answer is yes, then you are becoming more like Jesus. Generosity starts with the little stuff, not the big stuff.
Acts of kindness
Proverbs 29:7 NASB
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
Proverbs 28:22 NASB
A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.
Two Things to Remember:
We get to pick our reward so choose wisely.
Two Things to Avoid Like the Plague:
Pretending = shrivel your soul We should not be pretending anywhere in life but especially spiritually.
Two Things to Avoid Like the Plague
Projecting = hardened heart When God puts someting on your heart - we have the tendency to think since he told me to, he told everybody to.
Wake up to who you really are! Let the Spirit do whatever it takes to be more generous! Get involved in our community!
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