Spirit Led Giving, Part III
For I do not mean that others should be eased and you be burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack, that there may be equality. As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack." II Corinthians 8:13-15
Within the sheepfold of the body of Christ there should never be a need unfulfilled because one person's abundance will always supply the need of those who have lack. The problem being today in our modern all about me churches, full of un-saved and un-gifted people, there is a tendency to look down upon the needy as if a man's wealth somehow made him more spiritual, when in actuality it is just the opposite in most cases.
In the wilderness, the children of Israel, just delivered from the bondage of Egypt, cried out to Moses that they had nothing to eat and the Lord rained bread from Heaven, called Manna. Every day they were to gather only what they needed for their families but they didn't heed the words of Moses and some gathered more than what they needed and it rotted and bred worms the next day, but those who obeyed his voice had enough. In order for one to truly walk in the divine plan of trusting God for all of ones needs, one has to put all of his trust in Him. The supreme test in the desert wastes for the children of Israel was to stop trusting in themselves and surrender to the Lord's provision for their lives.
The body of Christ was meant to function as a family of believers concerned with one another's welfare and when someone had need it was met by those who at that time had more than enough, so that when their need arose someone else might supply their need. We as His body should always know what our brothers and sisters are going through so that we can help them in their time of need, so that there is an equality in the body.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; (under compulsion) for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. II Corinthians 9:6-8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin