GIVING AND RECEIVING
While on his way back to the city
Paul begins this part of his discussion by saying I have coveted no ones silver or gold or apparel (Acts ). This is an important principle to remember when it comes to the way we think about material things. Covetousness is a greedy desire for more. When one covets that which belongs to someone else cannot maintain an attitude of Christian love toward that other person.
The second principle brought out in this passage is that one ought to work for what he needs (Acts , 35). We have needs that must be met by prayer to God and active working on our part. We need flood, clothing, and shelter. God will provide those things if we put Him first in our lives, but we must do our part by working to earn these things (Matthew ).
The third and final principle promoted by Paul concerning material possessions is that it is more blessed to give than receive (Acts ). Those who give to others are happier than those who are greedy. The greedy horde for themselves and then leave it all behind when they die. Joy, peace, contentment, and satisfaction, are the rewards for the generous.