I’ve been preparing my home for my first Airbnb guests. To make it look spacious and inviting, I’ve removed items from every room and shoved them in a big storage room. Some day, I might decide to sell my house and have to get rid of a lot of stored-away items, but when I look at that lovely red decorative candy dish I received as a wedding gift, something inside me wants to hold on to it as if it were a precious item that has only sat on a shelf.
In Acts 2, Jews were becoming Christians and committed themselves to the teachings of the apostles. They took it seriously when encouraged to unload things they don’t need in order to help each other. I wonder how many Christians today would go so far as to sell everything and donate the proceeds to every needy family in their neighborhood.
There is a lot of wealth in the world, but a lot of greed, too. Right now Congress is trying to get a bill passed to change the tax structure that would benefit the middle class. Yet, it appears the big winners will be the ones who are in the highest tax bracket. It seems the “rich get richer” and the poor and middle class will continue with the same struggle of too many days after the paycheck is gone.
Lord, help us see need over greed. Amen.