Updated: Dec 29, 2018
To understand the miracle of events in this next section of chapter 4, we must first look back to verse 31 where it tells us that all of the believers were “filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the foundation of what happened between them as believers. This is how they could be “...of one heart and soul...” (v. 32). The Holy Spirit kept them grounded and reminded them that all they had belonged to God and must be used for His purpose - to advance His kingdom. They remained obedient even when it meant selling their land and bringing the money to the apostles (v. 34&37).
“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (v. 33) This was their focus. This was their purpose. The fact that there “was no needy person among them” (v. 34) was a direct result of the Holy Spirit in them and their obedience to God. Living selfless and generous lives does not come naturally to us. Humankind is innately sinful and selfish. But when we say “Yes” to Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit, we will be changed. Like the believers in Verse 32, we can live together in unity and be of one heart and soul, enabling us to be used for His purpose – to advance His kingdom.
We need help. I need help. And Jesus promises the help we need in John 14:26, “...the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name...”
May the Holy Spirit be our encouragement as we walk forward in grace and boldness sharing our testimony and His love with the world. Go be the light church!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”