Saturday Sisters: Having God in All Things

  The rich young ruler was asked to sell all he owned and give the proceeds to the poor.  Jesus was sorry that the man turned away, but we never know what became of him.
  i have some imaginative ideas, but they must remain in the realm of fiction.
  However, we do know about a woman who gave away AND kept her possessions.

The Way We Were

  Actually, it seems this was a common state of affairs in the early days of the church.

  They met in lots of homes; with the numbers of new believers they couldn't be confined in a single home.  However, many of the apostles seem to have had ONE home for their headquarters:
Then (after Jesus' ascension) they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.          Acts 1:12-14, NASB
  When Luke calls it "the upper room," there seems no reason to think it was a different place than the one he had called "upper room" in his gospel.
  While we don't know for sure, some scholars think they were still assembling here years later.

About Ten Years Later. . . .

  Later, when Herod began persecuting the Christ-followers, and the angel released Peter from prison, he went apparently to this same home:

 Hospitality for years.  It was hardly her own home at that point, though she likely retained title to it.
And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;  and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.     Acts 2:45-47
  If you look at your possessions as on loan from God, you have a different perspective on giving & sharing.

Links you may find interesting or useful:
Mary, the mother of John Mark 
A List of Scriptures about Handling Your Possessions
Pentecost 2014 is June 8. 
Meaning of Pentecost
The "Vagueness" of Pentecost's Date

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