Our greatest blessing is for our household to live our faith. Did you know we can be devout but not respect or revere God?
Acts 10:2, “A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.”New American Standard Bible
It’s interesting that the author, Luke the physician, listed “giving alms” before “praying continually.” God cares about those who cannot help themselves. Our charitable gifts are noted in heaven just as our prayers are.
Acts 10:4, “…Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.”New American Standard Bible
The first “act” of the church in Antioch was not to build a synagogue. It was to take a collection for the needy.
Acts 11:29, “And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.”New American Standard Bible
The money was collected and delivered to the elders, before the famine started, see Acts 11:28-30. Another thing that impressed me was they gave knowing that the famine would affect them!
- When there is a need, give what you can.
- When hard times are coming, give what you can.
- When walking through difficult times, give what you can.
We have more to give than money. We can give time, encouragement, services, or goods.
My friend Robin started a floral business. God nudged me to give her supplies. I am embarrassed to remember how long it took me. David dropped off vases, floral wire, green zip ties, and seeds. I invested in her business this way.
Charity is investing. It is stored in heaven like our prayers.
Acts 10:30 says, “Jesus went about doing good.” What good can I do today?
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