As people journey through life and accumulate more responsibility, income, possessions, and so on – does their heart grow in proportion to their wealth. When a person can afford more – is it time to give more?
Recently I had a dispute with someone. They felt ENTITLED to every dime they earned. After all, they earned it. Sharing their wealth beyond what they are forced to pay in taxes was comparable to communism, they said, adding, If poor people want more, they should go out and get more.
I am not in a position to tell anyone how often or how much to give to others. (But) I assure you – you will never ever become poor by sharing with others what was first given to you. Give generously without expectation of repayment (by the recipient or by the world). Also, don’t give so that mankind will think better of you. Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to help the less fortunate – and that is defined by where you are in life – but BELIEVE ME – there is always someone with less than you have, and he/she who is more grateful for their lesser portion.
It’s time to stop being earthly treasure hunters – share your blessings. One piece of bread can become two, but the fortunate hand has to be willing to part with 1/2 their portion.
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:11
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40