Do you feel rich or broke?
Money makes the world go round. John Wesley once said “When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it finds a way into my heart.” Jesus once said “Where your treasure is, there your heart is” (And I think that one made an appearance in Harry Potter too…)
Christians are known for giving. But why? Well, we know a God who has been generous to us, who has brought us close to him through the Cross at such expense to himself, and so it’s only natural to want to be generous in return.
Paul asks the church in Corinth to set aside some money each week. He would take that money on to another church in Jerusalem, who needed help and financial support. In this way, the believers were supporting one another and helping each other. Through this, the Gospel was spread around the world.
No one is expected to give a ridiculous amount that they cannot afford, but we are called to be thoughtful, and give what we can on a regular basis, so that we are prepared when the need arises, rather than having to dash around like a headless chicken and find money that we might have already spent.
Sometimes being generous might mean we need to go without for ourselves. But this never goes unrewarded. And later on, Paul asks us to do everything in love (v. 14). When we know we’re doing something out of love, suddenly, we’re more prepared to sacrifice.
Lord God, please help me be loving and generous today. Help me see places of need in the world around. Amen.
Where can you be generous today?