27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
As godly people had done for centuries, they responded to the needs of the poor. Across the kilometers, from Antioch to Jerusalem, the people of God are using their money to feed the poor. It looks different than what we saw in Acts 4:32 but the principle remains the same. What is also worthy to notice is how Christians received a prophetic word concerning a coming famine and responded before it happened (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Is God prompting you to help with the poor, widow and or orphan?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray and praise God for one aspect of his character that is meaningful to you, confess your sin, give thanks for the good things in your life, ask for what you need.