Acts 11: 29
“The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.”
They gave in preparation of the famine predicted by Agabus.
The proof that they believed this was a message from God was that they raised an offering to help alleviate the suffering to come. Giving followed the message from God.
The disciples gave. Financial giving is part of following Jesus. It is discipleship.
No one gave the same amount. According to their ability didn’t mean that if they had it they gave it. Rather it was probably that they gave the same proportion, an agreed percentage resulting in different amounts depending on what each had.
They decided to give. Determined but not forced or coerced, they made a commitment to meet needs.