Today our lesson was from Acts 2:42 -47, it says:
What really stood out to me this time when I was reading this (I think it is neat how different parts will really stand out every time I study) was: "And where sharing them with all, as anyone might have need." Now I know that we are in a different situation right now and we are not necessarily called upon to sell everything we have and split it up among all other Christians but I do know that God has blessed us very much and I want to learn from the early Christians something about sharing.
We have way more then we need and though we do try to share with others when we see a need, it is my goal to be looking more for ways I can help. Many times I am not able to help by giving money, but I can often help by a gift of food, or clothing, or friendship, or time. I want to be more alert to the needs around me.
Here are some more verses that inspire me in this area......
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given
in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy
and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their
own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the
support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave
themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God."
2 Corinthians 9:6 & 7
"Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly;
and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.
Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart;
not grudgingly or under compulsion;
for God loves a cheerful giver."
I want to be a cheerful giver!