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Written by Dynamis Ministries | September 28, 2023

Will you read one of the most inspiring descriptions of a group of people of all time?

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved” (Acts 2:44-47).

This Bible passage from the book of Acts recounts how the early church began, and it’s no wonder it became the greatest movement in history that is still spreading worldwide. There are many takeaways from how the early church existed, but there’s one thing that could be overlooked. It just so happens to be the word that is mentioned the most in this writing. Did you notice that different tenses of the word “share” were used 4 times?

sharing | shared

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That’s right, one of the most basic life principles was foundational to building the church – sharing! The early believers shared everything they had – meals, money, possessions and homes. And what was the outcome? God increased those who were being saved daily. Sharing was clearly integral in the early church movement, and therefore it would be well of us to remain rooted in this practice today. Clearly the Good News was also being shared by the Apostles, but the simple ways of generosity in sharing everything they had was absolutely key.

This is about as good of an affirmation of the power of generosity one can find. Now, there are many places where we can practice sharing, but perhaps one of the greatest places to share is in our literal neighborhoods. There may be no other place where people are in such close proximity, all with a spectrum of needs, resources and skillsets that can be shared with others.

The unique thing about sharing is there are two ways to model it. First, we can give to our neighbors in need or simply to make their lives go more smoothly. Yet sharing also requires receiving by someone, so we can ask our neighbors for help too. With this in mind, consider the ways we can grow in the practice of sharing and become generous neighbors to the people around us. What do we have that we can share with others? It could be a grill, a front porch, a compliment, a yard tool, physical strength, fresh baked cookies, a fireplace, knowledge, a basketball hoop, a ladder and so much more. Conversely, what are we lacking for which we could seek out a neighbor’s help?

As we grow in this two-way street of sharing, we will we be practicing our own generosity and helping others grow generosity as well. And there will be additional benefits too. While sharing with our neighbors initially is a great way to meet tangible and practical needs, we will also begin to build relationships and connect with our neighbors on a deeper, more personal level. And isn’t that the kind of neighborhood all of us would dream of experiencing?