In today’s verse, we see the ministry of selective hospitality from the Jerusalem Church. At this stage in the life of the early church there was continual revival. Acts 4:32 says that the believers “were of one heart and one soul.” They passionately loved the Lord and each other. Notice that no one said “that any of the things he possessed was his own.” That they freely shared with anyone who had a need.
There are two key phrases in this passage. The first is in verse 32 “they had all things in common.” The second is in verse 33, “And great grace was upon them all.” The first phrase is the cause and the second is the effect.
Because of their joyous generosity in sharing with those in need, God was pouring out His grace on the church. Acts 4:34-35 specifically points out that those who owned property were selling their possessions and bringing the proceeds to be “laid at the apostles feet.” The apostles then distributed to each as anyone had need.
I would like to take this opportunity to “thank” all those in our ministry who go out of their way to help those with needs. There are numerous examples within our church of selective hospitality. We have received checks from $500 up to $60,000 that were designated to help those with identified needs. Our church is an example of Acts 4:32-37. It is a joy to pastor selfless people who have an eye on their brothers and sisters in Christ. Many have helped with Awana or camp sponsorships. Only eternity will reveal the results of this investment into the lives of our students. Thank you!