Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
This is God’s true church. The believers were of one heart and soul. They were united in every way. Their possessions were not longer theirs—they shared what they had. There was no selfishness on anyone’s part. No one lacked anything. Lands and houses were sold and the proceeds of what they sold they took and gave to the apostles. They gave to everyone according to their needs. There was inreach and outreach. Barnabas brought the money he got from the land he sold and gave it to the apostles. His name meant son of encouragement. How encouraging it must have been for the apostles to see how people were willing to give all that they had to the church.
It was with great power that the apostles share their testimonies about Jesus’ resurrection. God’s grace was also on them. What a combination–God’s power and God’s grace. These are what the church needs today to carry out the work of the Lord. We have to be united in purpose. When we are of one accord, generously giving and witnessing to others will come easily. God’s power and grace works wonders wherever unity, love and generosity abound among believers.