12 June 2015

Giving Generously By Jack Lewis

Let’s be honest, we all want stuff that other people have. There are always people richer than us who have things we would love to get; but wait, if there are always people who have more than us, then surely there are people who don’t have as much as us. There definitely are. A saying I have heard is that “The person who is busy helping those less fortunate than himself will never have time to envy those above himself”, and this saying is true. I have heard it said that if you have any money in a bank account then you are in the top 2% of the richest people in the world,* and that is a truly terrifying stat. So maybe try thinking when you see a new pair of shoes that you really want about the people that have no footwear whatsoever, and when you are hungry having not eaten anything for 2 hours think about those that have not eaten for two days.

Most of the people reading this blog will have a computer, and therefore are probably not in poverty. That probably means we were born in the higher end of society so shouldn’t we be helping those who were not born in a society as fortunate as ours. Another thought, if we had been the one’s who happened to be born into a family n poverty; wouldn’t we want those people who have the same wealth as we do now to help us?

God is pleased when we give money to help others, and it says in Acts 20:35: “I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” What this verse says is definitely true, and I have found in the past that it is more blessed to give money than to buy something that is unnecessary to us.

Money is a tool that God has given us, so let’s use it wisely! 

*I was told this by a friend and so cannot guarantee the stat’s accuracy.