By Dr. David Jeremiah, Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Proverbs 19:17, NIV
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, remembers how his mother would crochet doilies to raise money for missions. “My parents were…some of the most generous people I’ve ever known,” he wrote. “Their spare living and meager income did not stop them from being generous in a thousand different ways. Mother may have had only three or four dresses in her closet, but if she heard of a woman who needed one, you could be sure Mother would soon arrive at the woman’s doorstep with a dress in hand.”
The Bible tells us to be generous. That’s critical to our calling as believers. But no government can ensure that everyone has exactly the same amount of assets. Every attempt to create a level economy has pushed people into poverty with only its leaders living in luxury. Shared wealth does not bring unity. It creates envy and resentment, and ultimately causes socialism to fail.
We can’t control the governments of the world. That isn’t our job. But we can be generous!
I could have become president of the United States and [my mother] would have said the same thing: “What are you doing for the Lord?”