Why we should give to the poor - Storing up riches in Heaven and the Manna Principal

This is my take on how God would ideal have us live our lives financially speaking. I am not suggesting you should live your life this way, as there is in compulsion in giving with God, but it is I believe his ideal method of living.

There are two kinds of savings in this world, the worldly type where you save money in a bank account, and another type orchestrated by God as follows Pro 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again. Note this verse in proverbs says that the person who gives to a poor person lends to the LORD, i.e. gives with the knowledge it is a loan to the LORD, and the LORD has promised to pay this person back again. So why did I mention savings, well technically speaking there is nothing wrong with saving money and it is not a sin to do so. But I am going to show you a better way. Jesus said: Mat 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. So what is Jesus refering to, the accumulation of wealth. He says rather than accumulate your money on earth store it up in heaven. How do you do that, by giving it away in blessing, namely to the poor. Because God has promised that as you give you are lending too Him, he has promised to give it back. You might think I am just being rediculous, and expecting too much. But it is faith living, having faith in God, not your own abilities. Let me explain further from scripture that it is actually the case that God does not want us to have an attitude of accumulation, I do not mean we should give everything away but I will show more clearly what I am suggesting. Note the passage following:

2Co 8:12-15 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not. For I say not this that others may be eased and ye distressed; but by equality: your abundance being a supply at this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become a supply for your want; that there may be equality: as it is written, He that gathered much had nothing over; and he that gathered little had no lack.

So what did that passaage say. Firstly when it comes to giving you are not expected to give beyong your means. E.g. if you have to save money up for the phone bill you must do so. He also says in giving we are not to be distressed financially. So God does not expect us to stop living. But where it might be a new idea to you is as follows, note the verse "He that gathered much had nothing over; and he that gathered little had no lack." - this is talking about equity in giving, that some people have litle, i.e. the poor who are being talked about in this verse, and some have more i.e. us. But what does it say about us, we are to have "nothing over", or another translation says "nothing left over", it is a verse refering to where God supplied manna in the wilderness, each one had enough just for them selves, if they stored up the manna, i.e. extra manna, it went rotten. So what is the principal then in giving, we are not to store, up have left over money for in God's eyes it is wasted, we are to give it to the poor so there is equity, those with out food and clothing have something. It is evident to me that God wants the needs off the poor met. But as with manna God always provided the next day, or in our case the next pay. Is giving to be at the expense of our own needs. Not at all. Firstly God would have us to supply for our own needs, as the above scripture state, and the following one also. Note: 1 Timothy 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Also Jesus rebuked a group of pharasies becasue they gave all of their money to the temple an refused to give to "bless" their parents (Matthew 15:3-6).

So Jesus wants us to have an attitude of providing for and also "blessing", giving a little extra, to our families. It is all about blessing. I will show you further two points from the following verse that Jesus both wants us to give to the poor and to bless those around us.

Mat 26:8-12 But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Note two things from the following verse the disciples were indignant when they saw someone wasting wealth. They had obviously been taught by Jesus to give to the poor. What exactly did they say "It might have been sold for much, and given to the poor". The only thing they missed was the fact that this woman in love, a good heart, had wanted to bless Jesus. If we have the right heart we will want to bless people. If taught by Jesus we will give to the poor as a majority task, but it will not prevent us from blessing those nearest to us those we love. As an example when our children have a birthday we won't say lets give it all to the poor, we will bless our children too, we will take our friends out to lunch. We just need to find the balance, as the apostle of Jesus said "God loves a cheerful giver". Love is cheerful, it rejoices in the good. In regard to charities they must spend all their money on the poor, but us as individuals have the choice, how will we bless, God does not want us in bondage. God wants us to have an attitude of blessing, and as we do he has promised to bless us, according to, and often above the measure we give. Note the scriptures below:

2Co 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

So what can we gather from that, well it is clear if we give (an it it is referring to the poor) generously then God will generously bless us, if we give with a reluctant attitude God will be reluctant to bless us, as it is not about what we can get from God. It is good to know God has promised that he is able to make all grace abound to us that we might have what we need to do what "abound in every good work". So according to God's desire he can bless us to unimaginable heights financially but it is not for our own benift only it is for the benifit of the poor. So if you obey God's principals you will never be rich in terms of accumulated wealth, although he could make you a billionare, because you will give away what you don't need for your immediate needs, you will however have one of the richest blessings of all, the ability to help those less fortunate than your selves.

So where does it start. Well it starts with each pay. You supply for your own needs, and the needs of your family, then I guess you could plan to invest your money if you felt you could get a return on it, and in the end bless, or you could simply give it all to the poor and let God make the investment decisions for you. I like the latter, because the bible says Jas 4:13-15 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.", but it could be the LORD's will for you to invest money, don't get me wrong. But don't risk your money when you can invest it in the best type of murchendise the lives and health of your fellow man. I will finish with the Manna Principal remember manna came from God, it was God's provision for His people (of which they were to store up nothing), we all need to rest in the knowledge that God will provide each day, of course if you wanted to save a little out of each pay for your childs education or future it would not be wrong, God wants you to make choices, and God is faithful to his word and if he says I will provide for you each day as you provide for the poor then he will do it. A good translation of the verse in my eyes is 2Co 8:15 as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little." - it does not sound as scary, there is still room for grace in giving, but we are not to be excessive, we must remember the poor in our finances.

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