Engage in Giving
“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? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
In Luke 10, the Samaritan does all he can to bring healing to the dying man. Once the bleeding stopped and the injured man was able to move, the Samaritan takes him to an inn, pays the innkeeper enough to keep the man until he is fully healed. He even offers to return and pay any costs he has not already covered. He does all this for a man he had never met until this day.
Now, I understand this is a parable and therefore is not something that actually happened. However, it teaches us many important lessons. Already, we learned that we must notice the needs of people and take action to relieve the suffering of others. But again, too many people stop short of being fully engaged. Some would say that all we need to do is notice and bring attention to a problem, but they refuse to act. Some would say we need to get in there and serve to help a problem, but they refuse to give financially. Let’s be honest, if you are not financially engaged in something, you don’t really believe in it.
When we are financially engaged, we settle the issue of ownership in our lives. When we refuse to give money away, we don’t own money, it owns us. But when we finally give that money away, freely and willingly, we establish ownership over money. Too often we are concerned with our ability to maintain a given lifestyle or standard of living that we forget there are organizations and individuals that truly need our support.
I understand we aren’t naturally interested in giving to a need; we want to give to vision. We always want to be on the winning side, and sometimes a need indicates losing. But God has given us great resources, and He has given them so that we can share that resource with other people and organizations that need it. We must learn to live our lives with eyes wide open, our hands helping, and our wallets out when God calls us to a need.