In the world but not of it

April 14, 2010

Giving to others…

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If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17

Paris is known for many things but maybe not what you would expect, pick pockets and scam artists. There are many and their tricks to get money out of ignorant tourists seem endless. In certain Eastern European countries the elderly receive generous pensions and are looked after by their respective governments but you will still find many of them on the streets claiming to be homeless while earning an additional income from business travelers and tourists alike.

I suppose in most countries and cities we will find similar situations. When we turn on our televisions we see men asking us for donations to their ministries in the name of God. We are bombarded on all sides by people and organizations looking to get some of the money we have. In fact, it has become increasingly difficult to know how to give and to whom.

Yet, as Christians, we have the responsibility to give back and to willingly share what the Lord has blessed us with. But it requires prayer and wisdom to know where, how and to whom we should give. This is something that can only be between you and the Lord but the Bible is clear that if we see a brother in need we must have compassion.

Giving is a sensitive topic for most. We don’t like to be told how to manage our money but is it ours to manage?

It is our responsibility to be good stewards with it but it is the Lord’s resources we are asked to manage. Perhaps the very people and needs that we see come across our path are indeed sent by God for us to respond to since He knows that in all certainty we may not be inclined to go search them out by ourselves…

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