Wealth and riches are a delicate sensitive subject often people prefer not to discuss or talk about. As it puts people in the spotlight yet constantly in the news is the list of all latest rich list celebrating wealth. God is watching from heaven wondering do they not remember He created wealth so owns all silver, gold to sponsor his Kingdom for salvation of souls precious to Him. Some feel guilty, embarrassed or blamed for heartlessly exploiting others. Such rich people with bigger mansions live further from contact with ordinary passers by. It takes miles to see into activities of such homes well hidden from view and prying eyes. Signs put all around warn trespassers to stay clear of vicinity. Security is tightened to ensure no one comes close by. All is an attempt to guarantee safety and preservation of wealth on earth. In Acts 2:44-46, all who believed were together and had all things in common. They were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Daily attending temple together, breaking bread in their homes, they received food with glad and generous hearts.
Pentecost created a Christian community the believers adapted to make room for all. Now the apostles had responsibility to cater for different needs in church. They gave all to follow Christ as previously advised not to carry purse, extra garments or shoes so God provides through those who receive them. With extra mouths to feed use own resources, sell belongings, possessions, land, gold, business, generously support all. Egyptian wealth collected during exodus came in handy plus Solomon’s riches built God’s temple.
Jesus miraculously provides on occasions by multiplying a few loaves of bread and some fishes from a child’s lunch is amazing. Apostles and disciples feed over 5000 saved by providing meals for those god added daily. So not job for faint-hearted. God faithfully provides to continue salvation. The church once in history was the richest on earth so provided for all needy in the community. Misguided plundered like Nebuchadnezzar and ransacked God’s riches, golden cups, altars, shared booty on themselves.
God severely punished Nebuchadnezzar so made him mad crawling on floor eating grass. The church urgently needs back its wealth transfer to look after all poor not greedy confiscators who destroyed God’s temples and took His riches. It is interesting early church provide for each other. It is commendable people willingly disposed of inheritance, asset wealth to help each other.
Some churches practice community lifestyle so possible realistically to recreate such similar caring, sharing and living arrangement to provide for all believers in church today in Jesus Name. Today’s world glorifies greed, selfishness, personal wealth, not looking out for others interest first. God still expects believers to keep generously helping sponsor God’s Kingdom beyond status quo. Selling property sharing with others awesome excellent gesture of kindness. God supplies needs not to be poor by generosity.
Today’s prosperity message beautifully fits into the early church’s bold decision for wealth transfer to save souls for God. It really possible today with abundant wealth to create inter-woven interdependence pattern among all Christian believers. God’s work goes forward in Jesus Name. A family recognizes the word of God is more precious than rubies, diamonds. So encourage members or relatives to share gold, diamond treasures.
Wealth is not needed in heaven so inheritance of piece of land on earth is freely given to build churches, Christian schools. God takes great notice so delight in all people who sacrifice riches to ensure His Kingdom receives all needed to move forward. A true story is told in the news about Muslim who read about Wigglesworth and how God used him to purchase a church about to be demolished for redevelopment. God cares deeply about all His creation suffering on earth.
In addition he prayed God must raise new prophets to continue such a ministry. God answered prayer and today that church is alive to God’s Glory. God will use anybody to further His Kingdom on earth. Jesus Christ and disciples who gave up businesses for full-time ministry work to spread the Gospel were all provided for and hosted by many people. God’s blessings come upon all who bless His work.
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