<span style="font-size: 0.875rem; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Daily Scripture</span>
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul… There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
The record of how Jesus’ followers were transformed after he had left them is dramatic. His death might have created another militant movement of freedom fighters, or been a sidenote in local history, but instead his spirit produced a spontaneous and spectacular outpouring of concern for one another’s welfare. What we have inherited was founded on these days of utter generosity. Already this was a call affecting the wider world; the Cypriot nicknamed Barnabas was hugely important in the history of Christianity – what a great gift, to be a bearer of encouragement!