Giving not taking

How many of us can truly say that we will see the kingdom of God let alone enter it. I believe that to be a follower of Christ means not being individualistic, it means being communal.

It means being part of the community where the importance of self is minimal. Jesus lived a communal lifestyle, we on the other hand do not do that unless we are in a monastic lifestyle but for most of us we are not.

In a communal lifestyle the person who has more shares what he or she has with the person who has less. That is the very nature of communal living. We often do not see our brothers or sisters problems because we are so consumed by our own.

There are times when I too am guilty of that. The need to want more is often the driving force in our lives. It is often the case when one person has more another will have less. Marx coined the phrase

” From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”

If you were of a utopian perspective then the words of the French utopian Etienne Gabriel- Morrelly written in 1755 may speak to you.

“I. Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work.
II. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.
III. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws”.

What I wonder in truth did Marx or Morrelly in order to postulate their theories take Acts 4: 32-37 as their inspiration.

Acts 4:32-37

“The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.

Joseph, called by the apostles “Barnabas” (which means “Son of Comfort”), a Levite born in Cyprus, sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and made an offering of it to the apostles”.

As I get older I think maybe we should desist with our individual lifestyles and live a more communal lifestyle I think we would be more happier and contented and in the end not only will we see the kingdom of God we will enter it.

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