Christian Passions: Resource Investment

The fifth of the Christian passions is “resource investment.”  George Barna describes resource investment in the following way.  “Because we own nothing ing this life, it is best to wisely invest the resources we manage for the One who is the true owner of all things.  The first Christians defined communal living through their sacrificial sharing of everything they had.  Note that the Scriptures specifically tell us that they shared ‘everything’ with those in need, and that they used the variety of resources at their disposal–money, food, clothing, housing, relationships, influence, skills, time–for the benefit of all believers.” (Revolution 24)

How true, how true!  The Book says, (Acts 2:44-47 NCV) “All the believers were together and shared everything. {45} They would sell their land and the things they owned and then divide the money and give it to anyone who needed it. {46} The believers met together in the Temple every day. They ate together in their homes, happy to share their food with joyful hearts. {47} They praised God and were liked by all the people. Every day the Lord added those who were being saved to the group of believers.” 

When I read that passage and even the whole book I get this feeling of community like I never seen since, at least in my world.  Somone has said that they did this out of necessity because of the great numbers in Jerusalem at the time.  I’m sure there is some practical validity to that statement, but I believe there is are deeper reasons than that. 

1. They were full of the Holy Spirit.  Being full of the Spirit creates desires in people to do some pretty outlandish things.  They seemed to suddenly have no regard for their own personal comfort, but sold all and divided it equally.  WOW!

2. Jesus had been with them and the two greatest commands that He taught them were now firmly planted in their minds through the power of the Spirit.  Remember the fruits of the Spirit begin with LOVE and they were demonstrating this with one another.

Would it not be awesome for us to bring within the Christian community again a great desire for loving people in this kind of way?  People would stop focusing on bigger buildings and greater programs.  The world would see Christians taking care of each other and the communities around them like never before.  The world could be turned upside down again for the truth of the gospel.  Christians would stop fighting each other in order to serve each other and those who are not yet Christians. 

God help us to be that kind of people for His glory and the building up of the kingdom.

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5 responses to “Christian Passions: Resource Investment

  • cwinwc

    Good thoughts Bro.

  • Steve

    Amen, Keith. You are a good brother. I like your thoughts too about adults and kids all being together for some of our “religious” experiences.

    Peace.

  • Greg England

    One great advantage to being in churches of Christ is that no one wants our instruments! So if we ever “divide things equally” you and can hold on to drums and guitars as they are not needed in our community of faith.

  • Meowmix

    Great thoughts, Keith. The way it should be and the way it is often aren’t the same. But when we act like we ought, isn’t it great! And I’ve seen times when we did. Thank God for those.

    In the time I’ve been away from a computer, I have thought about you and your family, in particular Danielle. She’s been in my prayers. Hope things are better than they were a few weeks ago.

  • Blizzardoflarz

    Good word brother!

    “…and were liked by all the people.”

    It seems the opposite today. Some people can argue that they don’t like us because the message of the cross is offensive to some. That may be a a reality in some cases, but for many it’s not.

    Good stuff! Keep ’em coming!

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