And all who believed were together and had all things common. And they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. (Acts 2:44-45 MKJV)
I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35 MKJV)
The early Christians sold their possessions to help those who were less fortunate than they were. Thus, they dedicated 100% of their resources to God’s service. In giving everything to God, they not only proved they lacked nothing, but also demonstrated what it means to be satisfied in Christ alone. If every Christian would show love and affection for one another in this way, we would see the power of God at work in the church in mighty ways.
Sadly, many are biased when it comes to giving, assuming people are going to use their money for immoral purposes. Listen, it’s not wrong to use caution when it comes to giving, but it’s wrong to put everyone in the same box. If people choose to misuse our gifts to them, then that’s between them and God. They will answer for it in due time. I don’t think we should let a few ruin it for all.
Are you familiar with the story of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed? If not, you can read it in Luke 17:12-19. Jesus healed them all without discrimination; yet only one thanked Him. Do you think Jesus knew that only one out of ten would respond to Him in this way before healing them? I’m sure He did. After all, He could read the hearts of men as an open book. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Him from freely giving to all, because it wasn’t His mission to receive, but to give. That should be our aim too.
Those who are truly abiding in Christ will love others in the same way He did; without discrimination.