Is Enough Ever Enough?
– by Audrey Hardy
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”– Hebrews 13:16
Although my father held a good position as manager of a big sugar estate, and despite him being better off in life than other members of his family, he was by no means a rich man. He was grateful for what he had, always looked to see how he could help others, and made sure that those he loved did not lack. He was such an example to me and a challenge to many. In Deuteronomy we read how Moses instructed God’s people to leave excess sheaves of wheat in the fields for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. The Lord was teaching them that if they wanted Him to bless them, they were to have a heart for others and not hold onto everything for themselves.
As Christians living today in a greedy and materialistic world, we need to watch that we do not become so ‘business minded’, that we keep our blessings for ourselves and fail to share them with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with those in need as was the spirit of the early Church. Nowadays we don’t often see Christians coming to the place where enough is enough; but sadly, they always want more. The tendency is to use the profit to invest more and expand their business. They keep their success for themselves, and do not make room for others to prosper with them. The vision of being a blessing, instead of just being blessed, is not in their hearts. Beware of pride that comes with success and of the power that money brings . . . It can be dangerous! Let us be content with having what we need. Just as Boaz instructed his workers to leave extra grain in the fields for Ruth to glean, may God, by His grace, create in us the same heart to make room for others to benefit from our blessings and success.
JOY! Magazine (April 2018)