- 2 Corinthians 9:7-11
- John Piper writes this in his book Desiring God:
Did you hear that?
Enough for us; abundance for others.
That's backwards from what we tend to do in everyday life. I know many times my thinking is to keep the abundance and give the leftover (what's left ; the scraps) to the needy. He's saying just the opposite and so is the Word of God. It says God gives us riches (abundance) so that we can be generous to others.
- Piper goes on to say:
"The issue is not how much a person makes... The evil is in being deceived into thinking a six-digit salary must be accompanied by a six-digit lifestyle. God has made us to be conduits of His grace. The danger is in thinking the conduit should be lined with gold. It's shouldn't. Copper will do." [emphasis mine]
- 1 Timothy 6: 17-19
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
May God's Word speak the fresh warm breath from God's mouth that it truly is. May it settle on you today and penetrate all the way to your heart... where God changes us into HIS image!