Monday, March 30, 2009

Coping with Social Collapse (5) - Selling Property

When a time of crisis is drawing near, God will tell some Christians to sell their property. After Pentecost, Christians living in Jerusalem sold their land.

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet (Acts 4:36-37).
These people had heard Jesus prophecy (Matt 24:1-35) that Jerusalem would be destroyed. They knew that the day was coming when there property would be worthless, so they sold out while the market was still good. They used their money to provide food for people who had lost their income during a tumultuous time.

During unsettled times, some Christians will be lead to sell their property while it still has value. Some will use the money to provide assistance to those who are destitute. Others might some use the proceeds to buy a home that is closer to other believers. The objective is not to protect our property, but to use our property strategically to protect God’s people.

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