We should lift everything up to God, because He is always right.

The apostles loved one another. Such was the fruit of Christ’s dying precept to them, and His dying prayer for all of us. There was evidence of Christ’s grace in everything they said and did. They were dead to this world. They did not take upon themselves the ownership of property; they were totally indifferent to property. They did not call this world their own, because they had forsaken all for Christ.

Anyway, they expected to be stripped of all their worldly possessions, simply because of the commitment they had made to follow Christ. No wonder they were of one heart and soul, when they sat so free from wealth and this world. This miraculous unity was not just an invisible, spiritual attitude but something very practical. Most early believers did not consider their possessions primarily private property, but above all for the common good. Therefore, they had no one “needy among them, for all who owned property or houses sold them and donated the proceeds. They used to lay them at the feet of the apostles to be distributed to everyone according to his need”
Even Barnabas, mentioned as a person of remarkably generous charity and destined to preach Christ’s resurrection with them, disentangled himself from the affairs of this life. When such dispositions prevail among Christians, and they are exercised according to the circumstances of the times, such exemplary behavior has a very great influence upon the world. The doctrine the early church Christians preached was firmly rooted in the resurrection of Christ, a fact, which should be a summary of all the duties, privileges and comforts of Christians everywhere.
Community, as shown to us by the early church, is of one heart and soul, has great grace and a selfless sharing of possessions.

In the gospel Jesus tells the disciples of the wildness of the Spirit—it blows where it chooses. Both its source and destination are unknown to us. Looking up at the lifeless form of Jesus on the cross in Calvary before he and Joseph of Arimathea took Him down for burial, Nicodemus finally understood all the things that our Lord had told him that evening. He remembered His analogy of Moses and the image of the serpent that he made for those who were bitten by poisonous snakes and were saved as they looked up at the standard that Moses lifted up. Jesus was also speaking to us, the future generations of Christians who would one day read His Gospel. We have also come to discern that unless we lift Him up above all our worldly concerns, we will never be worthy of His eternal kingdom.


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