Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 13, 2016

Claiming Ours

may 13“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” Acts 5: 32 (ESV)

“This is mine.”  Words uttered from young, childish lips. Separating dolls and clinging to our own.  Staking our territory and daring anyone to cross.  Not sure what prompts our claiming “it’s mine” at such an early age.  We’d rather keep it all and forego the fun of sharing even if it means being alone. Stacking up in our corner, accumulating and protecting yet missing out on the joy found in sharing with others.

Ever lapsed back to those days – keeping what’s ours even when we know someone else is in need?  Or perhaps it shows up right in the midst of everyone’s plenty, and we gather ours measuring it up against another.  Sometimes it can even rear its ugly head in the midst of busy. No one can do our job like we do it. No one can help us because we don’t want them taking our position.   So rather than share, we carry the load and cling to what’s ours. End result burnout and exhaustion all for the sake of keeping ours.

Flip through the pages of Acts and you will find the early church displaying the giving of ours.  What belonged to one – belonged to them all. No one was in need and everything they had was available for everyone.  No separating or staking claiming just simply aligning their hearts and souls with God.

What made the difference?  Perhaps it was their devotion to prayer.  Maybe it was listening to God’s words spoken through the apostles.  Could it have been their unbroken fellowship one with another?   A cord of three is not easily broken – the combination of prayer, teaching and fellowship knit their lives together.  And the result was love…loving God with all their heart, soul and mind…..loving others like they loved themselves.

Next time claiming “ours” appeals to us, let’s choose to love God and love others. Let’s release our clinging and enjoy the blessing of obedience – hearts united as one.

“Father, You take great pleasure in seeing Your children walking in Your truth.  Give us a passionate desire to align our hearts with Yours.”

For His Glory

 

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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