17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18)
There were so many powerful thoughts and examples yesterday from those who commented. Some provided great examples of how we can use our material possessions (or as many of you said, really God’s resources) to demonstrate God’s love to others in need. As we conclude our consideration of the Discipline of Stewardship today, I want to highlight a challenge that we sometimes face when we think about financial stewardship.
In the world’s view, a good steward typically engages in growing and retaining economic resources. While there is nothing wrong with these activities in many instances, it is quite interesting though, that in God’s economy a good steward is often engaged in giving away resources to a world in need. Trying to decide how much we should keep/save versus how much we should give away is often very difficult.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the question below.
What does our inclination to share our resources with people in need say about where our trust resides?