“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” –Deuteronomy 15:11
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.” – Proverbs 3:27
“Give to the one who asks you and does not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” – Matthew 5:42
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” – Matthew 25:44-45
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
There is so much more to life than just accumulating wealth and physical possessions. What good is it to have a large bank account, expensive possessions, and unlimited travel if you have no sense of sacred friendships, strong family connections, and a feeling of helping others achieve happiness?
It is not evil to wish to accumulate wealth, but that wealth has much more value if it supports many people to achieve a full life than just accumulating numbers on a balance sheet for one person.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
George worked hard his entire life to possess as much money as possible. It was his dream to earn millions of dollars and not worry about financial challenges. In the beginning, he worked two jobs and saved as much money as possible. He did not buy an expensive house or car. He did give 10% to his Church each week but that was the extent of his giving.
As the years passed, he developed large stock portfolios and lived in a larger house. He did buy an expensive car. He still worked sixty or more hours per week so he could reach higher levels.
His brother Joe lived a different lifestyle. Joe did go to college and earned his bachelor’s degree, but he only worked forty hours a week and spent time with family and friends. Joe spent time meeting new people and he volunteered one day a week at his county food drive program that gave a box of food to over 2,000 people per week. Joe met a lot of people at the food drive, both other volunteers and people who received the boxes of food. Joe did not accumulate a large amount of money, but he had hundreds of friends who cared about him.
George continued to accumulate wealth as he reached his seventies. Then he was diagnosed with cancer. As he reviewed his life, he realized that all that wealth did not help him in his final days. When his brother Joe came to see George and offered to help him with his home and other obligations. Joe had a lot of friends that could help support his brother’s home and property.
George realized that his wealth meant nothing when he was about to die. His brother Joe had what was important, lots of friends and the knowledge that he helped people live a better life. What difference did it make that he lived in an expensive house or drove a special car? Joe had experienced more in life while helping others.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Working hard to earn money that you will never spend is not worth devoting your entire life to accumulating wealth. When you help other people, you develop a sense of accomplishment, and you develop friends that are there for you. When you work to help a community, you improve everyone’s life and that means more than a number on a bank statement.
You never know when you will need help.