Acts 4:32

"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had." NIV translation

 This is such a powerful contrast to our culture of living for self. It is hard to get two or three people to agree on anything today but here we are told that the group of believers were one in heart and mind. Through our own efforts this is probably impossible but with the Holy Spirit we can all be focused on God and be in agreement. 

The last part of this scripture seems to contradict the "American dream" mentality that we have today. We live for our own gains but we are told that is not how it was with the early church.

Acts 4:33

"With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all." NIV translation

The apostles continued to tell people about the risen Savior. You notice they did not argue about a bunch of tiny issues, they simply told people that Jesus was alive and because of that we can be saved. The last part of the verse is interesting because it says that "much grace was upon them all". The simple definition of grace is unmerited favor. This tells us that, as they spoke of the resurrection and followed Jesus, they were granted favor. That promise is ours today as well.

Acts 4:34 & 35

"There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need." NIV translation

Does this sound like the church of today? Probably not but that is how it should be. You see, the people then loved Jesus more than a car, fancy house, or large fancy church building. The church in the USA has given the responsibility of taking care of the poor over to the government. Imagine the impact the church would have if it acted in this way.

Acts 4:36 & 37

"Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet." NIV translation

Now, we are given an example of the principle of sacrificial giving. Joseph sold his field and gave the money to the apostles. That is sacrificial giving because he was not only giving the land but it also meant that he was giving away the crops from that land. Imagine what the church and the world would look like if we, as Christians, would follow this example.