Acts 2:44-45 “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”
Once your heart is in the right place, and focused on your relationship with God, you can move into the next part of stewardship. In the book of Acts, it talks about the early church and how Christians lived during that time. The verse this week shows that all the believers lived in community and shared everything. They gave and took things as they needed instead of thinking too much about “wants.”
Sometimes in Canada we forget how important it is to be in community and focus more on wealth and money than on relationships. This is the opposite of life within the early church. Nobody had very much money, but everybody shared and had what they needed to survive.
Think about what you really need in life…food, water, a home, warmth in the winter, love from family. Now think about some of the things that you want or already have that are not a need…toys, games, sports equipment, I-pods, I-phones, I-pads, etc.
What about the rest of the world? In part of Africa right now, there is a severe drought. This means that there is not enough rain or water for the crops, which means that there is not enough food. Millions of people do not have what they need just to survive. What would it look like to be able to share some of what we have with those who do not have as much?
I think kids have a good idea of what it means to share…sometimes better than grown-ups. Check out this video with your family put out by a global hunger organization. (Action Against Hunger—The Sharing Experiment.)
What emotions come to mind when you see it? How does this make you think about stewardship? How might this change your view of stewardship?
Activity: Talk to your family about what you could share with others. If you get an allowance, maybe some of that could go to an organization that helps fight hunger. If you have clothes you don’t wear anymore, maybe you could give some away to a clothing bank. There are lots of ways to share with others so that everybody has enough.
Challenge: If you receive an allowance or make money doing chores, try this challenge. Use three Tupperware containers or empty tissue boxes. Decorate them however you would like. Then write “Giving,” “Saving,” and “Spending” on the three boxes. Every time you receive money, place 10% in Giving, 20% in Saving, and 70% in Spending. This is a great way to remember to give the first 10% to God/God’s purposes, the next bit to savings, and then allow yourself to spend the remainder. The “Giving” you can bring to KidZone to help with what we are saving for (like the playground or bathroom for kids in other countries), or talk to your parents about a specific kingdom-cause you want to give to. *Ask a parent to help with this activity and the math if necessary.