Today's churches, governments, political parties, and non-Christians can learn from the example of the early Church. God wants us to work and use the money we get from our jobs to help each other and share with each other, instead of being selfish and greedy. When we do that, God will bless everyone, for He wants to see us living in peace and harmony, not in rivalry and conceit. When people have needs that are unmet, that's where problems and strife occur.
Acts 2:42-47 (NLT):
"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved."
Acts 4:32 (ESV):
"Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common."
Hebrews 13:16 (ESV):
"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
1 Timothy 6:18 (ESV):
"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,"
Luke 3:11 (ESV):
"And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Luke 6:38 (ESV):
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Isaiah 58:7 (ESV):
"Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?"
Galatians 6:6 (ESV):
"One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches."
Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV):
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ..."
A person who claims to have faith in God but doesn't live a life evidenced by good works has a dead faith which will not save him from eternal death, since they continue to live in sin.
James 2:14-17 (ESV):
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
Philippians 2:3 (ESV):
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
The Bible even exhorts thieves to stop stealing and do honest work in order to help others and share their resources with them.
Ephesians 4:28 (ESV):
"Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need."
Luke 16:19-31 (ESV):
"There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. ..."
Luke 12:33-34 (ESV):
"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Philippians 4:13-19 (ESV):
"13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. 18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."