The Church was growing like wildfire. While persecution was starting, the young body of believers were praying and seeking God. That led them to looking out for the interest of others ahead of their own interests. People were literally selling all they had and trusting God to provide. Even though no one was focused upon themselves, each person’s needs were met and the community was amazing. Interestingly, in the midst of the story of community, we are introduced to Barnabus. Barnabus is a critical person in Luke’s report. It was Barnabus, after all, that mentored the ambitious Pharisee named Saul–but that is another story.
It is critical for us in today’s culture and in today’s church to also trust God and His leadership. It is God’s command to us to die to ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him. As we do that, we begin to allow our needs and desires to take a back seat to His will and His leadership. If we do that, He will not only meet our needs, but He will bless us in ways we can never imagine.
God Bless You
23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[d] said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’[e]—
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
They Had Everything in Common
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.