Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, January 25, 2019

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Text: “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” – Acts 2:44,45.

Comment: In the Church of God all believers are expected to look “on the things of others” and not on their own things alone, so that by
caring for others we should be seen as those who have love one for
another as our Lord and Master Jesus Christ enjoined us in John
13:34,35. In the days of the early Apostles, all who “believed were together, and had all things in common.” None was in need as those who were blessed “sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”  This was what, in the days of our Lord Jesus Christ, the rich man who trusted in his riches could not do when he was directed by Christ “go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me”. (Mark 10:17-30)

All who are blessed with this world’s goods should remember always the
less privileged amongst them and endeavour to be charitable by being
liberal in their disposition. Scripture says: “Hereby perceive we the
love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay
down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and
seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John ‪3:16-18.