Gathering and Scattering
In the Christian community, some people Gather while others Scatter. In Proverbs 3:10, Solomon encourages us… to share some of our wealth with those who are in need, so ‘our barns will be filled with plenty, and our vats will overflow with new wine’.
In the current age, most of us are not growing grapes or making wine, so how do we apply Solomon’s wisdom? Simple… when we do not share some of God’s Blessings with those that we find in need, we are setting ourselves up for God to withdraw His Blessings… as quickly as He gave them to us, I would add. Now on the other hand, when we endeavor to bless others with a portion of our increases, God looks upon our efforts with favor and continues to bless us. In Luke 6: 38, the good Doctor says… ‘Give and it shall be given back to you in good measure; pressed down, shaken together and running over. For by your standard of giving, so shall it be returned to you. Practically speaking, everything we have belongs to God; He is the one who is responsible for providing us with everything good that takes place in our lives. So, if we should decide not to share God’s Blessings with others, that spigot that transports God’s Blessings directly from Heaven is going to be turned off; and probably when we least expect it. I find it odd to see how many Christians are stingy with their wealth and their possessions. Over the past 50 years, I have watched the ‘Prosperity Crowd’ greatly increase in numbers; to the point where some of the largest churches in America profess and teach the ideology of ‘name it and claim it’. BTW: I cannot find anywhere in the Bible, where God’s children were encouraged to adopt an attitude of hoarding or not sharing their excess with others.
In Luke 12: 17-19, the good Doctor instructs us to understand what God will do when someone decides to hoard the Blessings that God has provided. ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns to build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my good’s.’ And then I can say to my soul; Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry.’ And as God will do in many instances… in the very next verse 20, God says… ‘You fool! This very night your soul will be required of you; then who will own everything that you have prepared for yourself? So is the fate of a man, who stores up treasures for himself and is not rich towards those less fortunate. I realize that it’s difficult for many people to be generous with the blessings that God provides to them, but I can share a ‘Tried-and-True’ method of determining when it’s a good time to give and give generously. As God Blesses you, providing you’re not prone to buying expensive toys you don’t really need; expensive cars, furniture, the clothes you wear; it’s time to start spreading it around some. And when you do, it’s not important that people know what you’re doing. God knows, and He’s the one responsible for Blessing our efforts. And for everyone you assist with a light bill, shoes for someone’s children; or a cartful of groceries from a local supermarket, God will return to you, many times over. Try it and see if God doesn’t respond in ways that you never would have imagined.