Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everything - Mark Barrentine

Mark is an elder and a Bible teacher at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Modesto, California.  He's been known to host karaoke parties and is pretty good at teaching kids how to make bubbles.

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (Acts 2:44&45)

Immediately, I am on the defensive.
Concerning, “everything” I am pensive.
I give from abundance; out of what is there.
And cling to the “savings”, the “extra”, the “spare.”
I justify my holdings as family care.
But this is more than, “My fair share.”

When I have two and my neighbor has none.
I am stealing if I don’t give to the needy one.
Jesus leads me past cultural style.
Go beyond what’s required, walk the extra mile.
Giving at least, all left in the sack.
Be like the poor widow, and give from the lack.
It’s hard to imagine a life like this.
Counter to all the “-isms” and “-ists”

It’s not “in common” if I consider it mine.
We are not “together” when we draw lines.

The Gospel is not shared just through telling.
But is known in caring and sharing and selling.
In surrendering barriers and boundary lines.
Being Good Samaritans at all times.
Consider the lilies and birds - how they live.
So to any and all who ask - just give.


  1. Yes. I want to be like that... hard sometimes, but it's possible.
    Thanks Mark.