“Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was exclusively his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.” Acts 4:32 Amplified
As we continue to look at the first Christian church we see the wonderful spirit they had. Wouldn’t each of us as believers want this to be said about our church? I know I would, especially the part about being of one heart and soul. Too often we focus in on the other, the possession part. We tend to cling to what WE own when in all actuality everything belongs to the Lord, it’s only on loan to you. That’s the spirit this new church had, they realized that God was Lord of ALL.
When we tithe it is in the spirit of sharing what we have with others to help spread the gospel and meet needs. This verse is a good example of how the tithe has actually changed from being a tenth of what you have, to being anything you possess. A tenth is a good place to start and please let me urge you to always take the tenth off the top otherwise it won’t be there. Give God your first fruits and He will make sure you have enough to meet your need. Then above the tithe be a giver, sharing your blessings with others. You can’t out give God.
Let’s get back to the first part though, about the believers being of one heart and soul. How do we get everyone to think alike? It’s hard enough in any relationship even with just two people for them to think alike, how do you get a large group? It seems to me that in any relationship you have to be focused on the same thing. Chapter 4 of Philippians is an excellent place to see where your focus should be, on Jesus. My favorite part is verses 8 and 9, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things, fix your minds on them. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace, of untroubled, undisturbed well-being, will be with you.”
Keep your eyes upon Jesus.