I think it much better to have a little and be willing to give it all away than to have much and refuse to share any of it.
I often wonder exactly who we think all that we have comes from and what we think we are going to do with it in eternity? You certainly can not take it with you and when you look death in the face you will find all your "stuff" means absolutely nothing. The material things you enjoyed truly are nothing but a vapor, a brief moment in the whole scheme of things. Jesus was quite clear in stating that our heart resides where our treasure is.
These people are all extremely nice and courteous and pleasant to be around. But, there is one thing they all (without exception) lack and that is the willingness or even the capacity to FREELY GIVE. Although many do share of their abundance, I know of none who literally give ten percent of their income.
I really believe the root of the problem lies in a lack of tithing. Oh boy, here we go...
People can argue about that until their blue in the face. I've been reading a lot about that here lately. Hm... I'm recalling what Jesus' response was to the rich man when he wanted to know what he needed to do to enter the kingdom of God. This man already tithed the required amount and gave extensively but...God required him to give it all!
I don't think this means we're all supposed to go out and live on the street (although some may argue that). I think the point was it was easy for him to tithe and give because he still had an abundance. Anybody can do that! However, to tithe and give when you're wondering how you'll pay next months bills, that's a whole different matter. That's saying, "I'm putting my trust in God rather than in money."
When my husband and I started to face a "gap" every month, we took a look at our expenditures. Where could we cut? Yes, our tithes as well as our offerings to our church and other ministries showed up on that list. I have to tell you that eliminating or even cutting back would have filled in the gap completely and even then some. No! How can we shortchange God? To do so would be to say we trust money more than we trust God.
The enormity of the gap came in force in November. God filled the gap in November, December, January and it looks like most of February now. We had to replace my alternator this week. Last week my husband had been told by a college colleague that he wanted to buy him lunch. He gave him a check to buy some lunch. All I'll say is that the "lunch check" paid for my alternator.
I pray that as we have freely received, we freely give. I pray that we willingly share what God has abundantly blessed us with and that we never count what God has blessed us with as our own. Always remember that the reason you are blessed is mainly so you can bless others.
Amen and amen!