Could you eat today on just $4? How about eating for a week on just $28? I cannot imagine having only $28 to spend at the grocery store and being able to survive for a week, nevermind for weeks on end. Yet this is roughly the amount people living at the poverty level has to eat on. It is tough down there at the lowest economic end of society. And it is hard to relate to from where most of us sit. For the most part, those who live like this are not in our churches.
In the faith community described in Acts 4, it is a radical vision by today’s norms. People gathered together daily, shared what they had, no one was in need. Today, within some faith communities, there is help offered to one another. Perhaps we bring meals over to a family during a difficult time or we help a single, older person move into a new apartment. But when the need is a little greater, do we look around at our abundance and ask “what can I sell?” so that we can give some financial assistance to one in need?
Our society is titled so that the well-off gain more and more while those without continue to struggle. As a universal church, could we together make a difference in society? Could our voices united speak to correcting some of these issues on a systemic level? Could our individual churches reach out into disadvantaged areas and partner with those who are struggling? Can we mentor, teach, support, assist, and meet basic needs of life?
The answer to all of these questions is the same: yes. If we follow Jesus we love all of creation, including all of our neighbors. If we truly hear His call, we too are willing to become a little less so another can become more.
Scripture reference: Acts 4: 32-35