When it comes to our money, we are only managers, not owners

I Sacrifice My Money

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:31-37

Key Verse: Acts 4:32

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

Our scripture for today gives us a picture of how the early church operated.  The first generation Christ followers did not believe that anything they owned was actually theirs.  They believed that God was the giver of all good things and everything belonged to God.  These New Testament believers saw themselves as humble managers of whatever God had graciously granted them.  Note the second half of Acts 4:32: …No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

          How do you feel about all the stuff that God has blessed you with?  In my opinion, most Americans feel that they need (and are entitled) to more stuff.  So many are simply not content with what they have; it is always a goal to have more.  I hope you feel like these early Christ followers.  I hope you recognize that God gives and can take away—it is all His to start with!  If so, then staying sensitive to His Spirit to how to manage your stuff is of great value.  Maybe God might nudge you to share some of your stuff with someone who He knows has a great need.  Remember, we are only managers, not owners.  If the owner wants to transfer some of their resources that you manage to another person, our answer is a no brainer: Yes, Lord, yes to your will and to your way.

Father, all I have is at your disposal.  Please open my eyes to those around me that you may be wanting to bless.  I want to be your vessel to bless others.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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