Yesterday I wrote about taking care of God’s stuff in a really simplistic manner. I even said that I didn’t want to get into a discussion about original sin, free will and the evil in this world. After I slept on it I thought, why not? Why not go into the reasons we have so much trouble with this subject?
Our free will got us in trouble from the start. It’s the Adam and Eve thing. God wanted us to be with him but to also be free in our decision. To freely love Him without any problems. So God created the evil (serpent) and the Tree of Life. We were to choose Him over the Tree. But that free will thing got in the way and Adam and Eve got curious…
When I was writing the blog yesterday I could almost hear everyone going “But…” I agree, this is a really hard thing to do. We need to take care of everything and everybody. Do we do that? No. And now more challenges have come our way; Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida and the evil that happened out in Las Vegas. These are large things that are happening. Many people are there, right now, to help. If I jumped on a plane to go help I don’t think I would have much to offer, but I would if I had the means to do it.
So we give money to the church or to an organization like Samaritan’s Purse to help. I’m not knocking that, I wouldn’t be able to go to the corners of the earth to help and they do. Do we give that magical ten percent? Some do and some don’t. It really doesn’t matter as long as we give.
But then, what about your neighbors? They weren’t effected by flood. But they have other needs. We need to be actively looking around at the needs that surround us. We need to be asking “Lord, what can I do?”.
In the Old Testament God made it a law that ten percent of the first-fruits should be tithed to Him. I have one of the scriptures up in the meme at the head of this blog. God wants us to test him. But I don’t think that he only means our income. Yes, we can give of our income and support our church, organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, the local christian radio station, the homeless shelter down the street; the list is endless. We also need to give of ourselves. Help our neighbors, friends and others through the needy times. Be there for them. Give them hope and encouragement. Pray for them and for all these other organizations that are the hands and feet of Jesus. Then we need to get up to join them.