I think it is interesting that when I hear people talk about our giving to the poor I often get a mental image of having to sacrifice. And not just the “making me a little uncomfortable” sacrificing. I am talking about having to starve the kids for a day kind of sacrificing
This is where my mind goes, but when I read verses like 2 Corinthians 8 I understand that this extreme giving is not what God really expects of us. While sacrificial giving is important (i.e., Mark 12:41-44), we are more often meant to bring equality to everyone through our giving.
I wonder what would happen if all of us embraced bringing equality through constant acts of giving? I wonder how much poverty across the globe could be reduced? I wonder what impact we, as a people would have?
Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.
As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” 2 Corinthians 8:11-13 & 15; emphasis mine