To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 4:18 (NIVUK): ”I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.“
I think the following captures the main point of today’s study.
“‘Money’, it is said, ‘is power.’ That is a conclusion with which there can be no possible argument. But is it possible to hold money without being corrupted by the love of money? Yes, if we understand that we are stewards and not proprietors, and we regard our money as God’s money. Also, that we understand what Jesus meant when He said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35).”
When we give away our money to help those less fortunate, especially in response to disaster relief, then (in a sense) we are giving away some of ‘our power’; it is saying that we don’t place our trust in the power (money) we have accumulated but we depend totally on Jesus for all that we need to serve Him.
I read recently that the giving to charities by younger age groups (from memory those under 25 years) has dramatically declined in recent years; the spiritual value of giving is obviously not being adequately taught to the younger people in our communities. However, I have also seen some fantastic initiatives started by young people in areas of need like caring for the homeless.