And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Acts 2:44-45 ESV
At first glance, this might look, to some people’s delight and other’s horror, like communism. But note that the members of the early church did have possessions and belongings of their own. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to sell them to distribute the proceeds to the needy.
Whereas communism is involuntary, these verses describe something that was done out of love rather than by obligation. Yes, there was private property, but not in a greedy, capitalistic sense, but in a hospitable and sociable sense. I seem to remember that elsewhere we’re told that there were no needy people among the early church.
If we’re rich Christians, we should, out of love, make sure that we’re looking out for our needy brethren. It shouldn’t be an obligation for us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and show hospitality to the poor. We should do it out of love.
Christianity isn’t communism: making everyone equal by force. Neither is it capitalism: making a virtue of greed. Christianity is about love, not just of God, but of others, and not just as a feeling but as practical action to meet needs.
“Lord God, we’re so thankful for Your provision of us. Please help us to be generous and loving in our provision of others, in Jesus’ name, amen”