All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions were his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales to the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
When the Church was birthed at Pentecost, in Acts 2, thousands of people had come from all over the Roman Empire to celebrate the Jewish feast. Many of these people became followers of Christ and unexpectedly stayed in town due to their now faith in Christ. There were only a couple of problems about these people that had traveled from all over deciding to stay.
First, they had no home. Second, they had no jobs. Third, they had no way of providing for themselves at this time. But what we see of the Church in Acts is unique to the church as we see an early picture of how the body of Christ takes care of each other by gathering all of their resources, selling their property, and providing for those in need.
This passage has become more real to me in the last week as the situation that my family has been temporarily placed in because of uncontrollable circumstances. We have no home, no jobs, and no real way of providing for ourselves during this time. It has not been an easy place to be, but it has been incredible to watch the body of Christ, specifically our local body, rise up and be the Church.
We have been offered two homes to stay in for as long as we have need and many people have blessed us with a meal or even some money to help with our provisions during this time. This is a true picture of the Church just as we see in the book of Acts. This is unique to the body of Christ as we hold all things in common for the building up of the church.
This is not the way that we see the world living and to be honest it is not the way that we always see the body of Christ living, but it should be. I am thankful to be part of a local body that this is their response when there is a need instead of complaining about it, they rise up by finding all things in common and providing for one another just as the early Church did in Acts.