Meeting the Needs of Others

Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. Acts 2:44-45 HCSB

There are many different organizations that provide help to those who are need. Compassion International asks people to sponsor children around the world. Samaritan’s Purse responds to emergencies and manages the Operation Christmas Child program each year asking people to pack a box for a child. Habitat for Humanity helps provide housing for people. The Salvation Army provides housing and food for those in need. There are more organizations asking for donations than one can possibly give to.

Such organizations were not available to the early church, but the apostles and other believers recognized that there were brothers and sisters in Christ that needed help. The early believers sold possessions and property so the needs of others could be met. Just like a family helps other family members, the family of God should make sure its members meet the needs of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Challenge: Are there people around you who are in need? Is God leading you to meet those needs in some way? Look for ways you can volunteer and help organizations who are providing help to those who are in need.

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