These verses weighed on my mind, perhaps pressed upon by a potluck at work. Team building exercise, a small reward. Take it as it was, whatever it was, everyone was asked to share something from home if they wished. Still most people complained, comparing the time or cost of their contribution to those of others. No complaints however when they stuffed their faces or were paid for an extended lunch.
I came home to my daily bible study. I have a great study bible. One note in it disheartened me though. I won't say which system it is because we need to be builders not destroyers. In referencing Acts 2:44 and 4:32 where all the disciples are in fellowship and sharing all things in common. (Each giving as they can and taking as they need) In the marginal notes it is suggested that this practice need not be seen as normative for all Christian communities.
I'm not sure where this mention might have originated. The Red Scare? The profiteering, possession oriented, status symbol minded culture of the west?
In any case these were the men that lived with Christ when he walked the earth. These are the men that the resurrected Christ breathed the Spirit upon. This is the manner of the first fellowship.
Many of us may be the two and a half tribes unwilling to cross the Jordan into the promised land. Believers unable to shed the physical attachments of this world. It may not appear rational or feasible to do this in this world. I encourage this though. Take some of your excess and share it. In your church. Among those you fellowship with. Or maybe someone you see at work or on the streets everyday. There are those around you with need. I'm not talking about writing a check or donating to charity. I'm speaking about fellow-shipping. Fall is coming, spend and afternoon raking someones lawn. Have someone over for dinner, or maybe stop over and bring them lunch. Help somebody out with a ride. Not for credit, or praise, or award. Just help somebody, because everybody needs a little help now and then. And in this detached, disconnected world do it in a personal way. Fellowship and sharing.
Acts 2:44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common