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.
When God begins really working in a person's life, possessions become less and less important and people begin freely giving of their resources in order to advance God’s mission. It happened in the Book of Acts, and it happens again and again in our day, as well.
Several years ago I was meeting on a regular basis with a successful businessman who attends Southland. He requested that every time we met together I ask him a direct and straightforward question: “Have you read the Bible every day this week?” It was a great accountability question. But after several meetings I told him, “There’s an additional question I’d like to start asking you each time we meet: “Is there sacrifice in your life?’”
I explained my thought process: “Reading the Word should always lead to higher levels of commitment to God and higher levels of sacrifice in our lives. So, as important as it is to ask if you’re reading the Bible, it’s just as important to ask if you’re actually metabolizing what you’re reading and converting it into acts of love, obedience, and worship.”
After asking that question for several weeks, my friend felt convicted that he hadn’t been tithing. There were certain areas of sacrifice in his life, but not with regards to his finances. Entirely based upon the prompting of God, he wrote a check that week to make up for an entire year of tithing. And though it was a significant sacrifice, he wrote that check with joy. As this man gave more and more territory of his heart over to God, he ultimately gave more and more of his resources, too.
How would you answer the question: “Is there sacrifice in your life?” When God showed up in the Book of Acts, He prompted people to higher levels of sacrifice and generosity than ever before. What might that look like for you and your family?
Action step: Ask God where there should be more sacrifice in your life.