The Challenge Of How To Share
God wants us to be concerned not only with how to acquire and use wealth for ourselves but also with how to share it with others. He makes clear that we have an obligation to help the poor; he loves to use his people as a channel of provision for those who cannot meet their needs.
How To Share With Generosity
Our natural instinct is to hoard our resources, just in case we might need a little extra some day. Like the rich man in Christ’s parable that planned bigger barns to store a surplus, we always want just a bit more. But when God provides us with resources beyond our needs, he wants us to show a generous spirit in looking for ways to pass them on to meet the needs of other people.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” ~ Proverbs 3:27-28 (NLT)
Withholding good is inconsiderate and unfair, whether it is repaying a loan, returning a tool, or fulfilling a promise. Withholding destroys trust and creates a great inconvenience for the other person. Be eager to do good as you are to have good done to you.
We can’t solve everyone’s problems, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can do. If we can help someone, we should. The reason for our prosperity isn’t just to supply our needs, but it is so we can abound in every good work
Don’t put off doing good to your neighbor. Do it now.
“Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns. You must pay them their wages each day before sunset because they are poor and are counting on it. If you don’t, they might cry out to the Lord against you, and it would be counted against you as sin. ~ Deuteronomy 24:14-15(NLT)
These verses are instruction on about how employers should treat employees. Whether employees are believers or not, they must be treated fairly, and this doesn’t mean that the boss has to pay an employee at the end of every day. If there is a fixed payday agreed upon with the employee, then it is permissible to pay at that time. But this is clearly saying that full payment made on the day agreed upon and failure to do that would be a sin.
Do not steal anything or cheat anyone, and don’t fail to pay your workers at the end of each day. ~ Leviticus 19:13 (CEV)
We need to pay people who do work for us when we told them we would pay them. The standard here was to pay the workers at the end of each day, but I think it would be acceptable to pay people weekly or whatever as long as they agreed to that salary structure.
Do You Share Your Wealth With Others Or Do You Hoard Everything You Have For Yourself?
Andrew Wommack‘s Living Commentary.
Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs