People over Possessions
Monday, April 27
A strong emphasis in collectivist cultures is placing the good of a community over the good for an individual—creating harmony through interdependency to build community.
This was also an essential characteristic of the first church. The community of believers lived sacrificially, holding everything in common as a radical response to the Spirit’s movement within them. Their sharing of possessions marked their commitment to each other over what they owned, a way of acknowledging that they and their possessions belonged to Christ.
We can learn so much from voices on the margins around the world about living from a place of abundance and providence for each other, versus scarcity and fear of the unknown future. May we be transformed and challenged by their faithful witness to God’s character.
God of all, help us learn to live more fully in ways of your kingdom, valuing people over our longing for possessions. Amen.