Jesus talked about selling our stuff and giving to the poor. the early church did it…with great results. so why don’t we see this happening today? why is it that we, especially as christians in america, especially in these economic times, are so quick to just brush over that “crazy talk” and at best rationalize away such notions?
since the past year or so God has been opening my families eyes to these glaring blind spots in what we call our faith, starting with some super convicting messages on money (through Rankin Wilborne of PCC in LA). the deception of money (and goods) is that none of us really thinks we have a problem with it. until someone asks to see how we spend it or asks us to give it away. as i was reading the book of acts i came across this passage (which we are studying in my internship and at church. coincidence? i think not.):
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” – Acts 2:45
i couldn’t shake it. God was convicting me. i know some people in need in my community. i know i have a lot of stuff that i don’t REALLY need (including my prized DVDs and comics…that i’ve painstakingly collected over the years) that people actually would want to buy (not that “yard sale” stuff even my friends wouldn’t want). so i came up with a plan to sell some of my stuff (books, dvds, cds) and give proceeds to those people in need. i made a call out on facebook. the response was…interesting. a number of people “liked” the status, only a handful of people actually took me up on the offer (thanks!), and a couple just made jokes about it.
what was i expecting? i don’t know…maybe something a little more glorious? it was revealing. granted, it was not a very organized campaign, it was not convenient for people…and it seems people don’t value my stuff like i did. but i also realized that there is a part of myself that seeks out my own glory. with my wife’s help i had to edit that facebook post like crazy, finding myself want to sound good…and (with a cue from ananias and saphira) why does it still sting a little to know i need to keep my word to give all proceeds…even with the small amount raised? it’s interesting that even a good idea can be warped with my selfishness. i got issues with money. we got issues with money.
what would happen if we actually trusted Jesus and lived like the church God calls us to be?