Confusing ideas

February 23, 2018

Acts 20:35… In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the lord Jesus, how He Himself, said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

            That final statement gets quoted rather often. In context, this is about working and making money. “When you have money, it is more blessed to give.” And the prescribed way to have money is to work for it. This is a predicament. The Bible is quite consistent in its teaching about work. We do it. And yet, Jesus is consistent about not caring about money. We earn money to take care of the needs of ourselves and others.  We are not compiling money for pleasures and comforts and yet we do buy comfort. I live in a house with indoor plumbing. That is a luxury in some countries. It is most definitely a comfort.

            Rather than worry about the difference between needs and wants, consider whether you need help to live. Can you cut back on luxuries and have enough to get by? And that brings up another question. Does God want us to just get by? Or does He, instead, want to abundantly bless us? That depends on who you talk to... and how you interpret scripture. I have known times when either one was true. Paul said, “I know how to be abased and I know how to abound.” I don’t think there is a right and wrong way to live. What is your attitude about it? Do you judge poor people roughly? Do you give greater reference to rich people? That is another thing I have noted: Both rich and poor people have the same issues. But, at the end of the day, it is how they relate to God that determines their mental health. Money is not a contributor to mental health. That is God’s department.  But a man with money can help people with their daily needs.

            When I started writing this morning, I had no idea where I was headed. Now, that I am here, I am asking God where to go with this. The statement, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is really saying, “It is more blessed to have than to have not” isn’t it? I think I will leave this writing unfinished and see what you can do with it. This is not about salvation; it is about caring for one another. Do you? Can you?