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Bringing Equality To the Poor

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

Comments (4)

  1. Thanks for this post Leo, I’m faithing with guilt and conviction on how much more do I need to give… I do think we are also call to give a lot more, not money, but time! that’s another thing we always have excuse not to give…

    • Yeah, great point about serving with our time. I think this is something we all need to chew on. I did not focus on it here, but doing it eagerly is also important. Do I give my resources eagerly?

  2. Thanks for this reminder. It is easy to feel like God requires or expects us to give EVERYTHING to others and then we feel guilt when we want something for ourselves or have questions on how miluch should I give. This scripture puts it in perspective when it says God doesn’t expect you to give so much you are now as bad off as the person you are helping. His desire for His people is that no one has more than another.

    Could you imagine the difference in the world if everyone had the same amount?! There would be no jealousy, stealing or fighting!