“…that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need”.
Acts 4:34-35 NIV

The attitude of believers towards one another should be one of love and generosity. These are your brothers and sisters in Christ. Even as you have received love from God. You should also give love.

Generosity is not a question of how much you have but how much you give. Take a look at the example set by the early church.

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” Acts 2:44-45 NIV

From the above verses, we see that this was their custom. They did this out of love for one another. Those who had, gave to those who were in need until there was none needy among them.

Paul also gave specific instruction to Timothy on what the rich brethren should do with their money. He told him to instruct them to do good, to be generous and willing to share. (I Timothy 6:17-18)

He also gave instructions to the church at Corinth on how collections should be made for the gifting of church (1 Corinthians 16:3). Between countries and continents, the early church sent money and resources to each other. They did this proactively even before the need arose and in a special case, by prophecy (Acts 11:27-29).

Love is not only in words but in actions as well. If you have the means and a brother comes to you for help, supply it!

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? ( James 2:15-16 NIV)

Your generosity should not only be when you are asked. Be proactive about it. Identify needs within the church and plan to supply it. Also, there are instructions to cater for our relatives in order not to burden the church (1 Timothy 5:3-16, 2 Thes 3:6 -15). Please note that this is not to encourage laziness. Each man must work.

It must never be said that our brothers are dying of hunger or perpetually unemployed while people who can do something about the situation did nothing. (1 John 3:17 NIV)

Take Action:
Look around you, is there anyone in need? Supply as you are able.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 14:1-21, Acts 20:1-12, Psalms 33, Exodus 27-29