“The one who contributes, in generosity” (Rom. 12:8). The verb “contributes” (Gk. metadidomi) means “to share with someone else what one has—‘to share, to give.’” (Louw-Nida) The same word is used in Luke 3:11, “And he answered them, ‘Whoever has two tunics is to share [metadidomi] with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.’” The gift of sharing is the gift of giving. It is the spiritual ability to share your goods to needy members of the body of Christ. You can give food, money, or material things.
Jesus commanded the sharing of one’s goods with others. The church in Jerusalem obeyed His command to the letter. Luke wrote, “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Act 2:45). They did not practice communism—the forced distribution of wealth. Rather, they practiced “contribute-ism”—the voluntary sharing with the needy.
What if we will do this in our church today? What if we will sell our cars and jewelry and give it to the needy in church? We will be riding public transportation. What if you will sell your land and give it to the church? There will be no more needy person here. We can support many pastors and many church planters.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet (Acts 4:34-37).
Barnabas had the gift of encouragement, but also, the gift of giving. He sold his farmland and gave it to the church.
I remember Pastor Andres and Mrs. Norfely Pepito. They gave their one and only small piece of land to the church in Barangay ABKASA, Bacolod City. When they left this world for a heavenly home, they left no real estate for their children. What little they had, they gave to a church.
If we will do what the early church did to the needy, there will be no more needy people in church. Then the world will know that we follow Christ in how we love and share with the needy among us.