Abundance, Lack and the Church

This month one of the topics we’ll be considering is abundance.  Today I have 2 verses from 2 Corinthians for us to consider:

“Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.” 2 Corinthians 8:14

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

These verses speak to the seasons we go through as people on Earth.  Sometimes we will experience times of plenty, other times we’ll be in need. During our time on Earth as believers of Christ we aren’t guaranteed a pain-free, joyous experience, rather we’re promised we’ll experience many of the same difficulties those who aren’t followers of Christ will.

However, part of the essence of the church is to care for all it’s members.  Unfortunately there are many churches that are not really caring for their people, thus we have unhappy, and unfulfilled (and unfilled) churches.  Instead people are hiding their true needs and pretending that they’re in plenty all the time.

This is unhealthy and not what God has called us to.  Yes, we should believe that we will be cared for, because God does promise to care for us.  But God doesn’t say that by our own hands we’ll be filled, but rather that God will provide.  It sounds scary, but that provision may be waiting for you within the walls of the church you attend each week but never reveal your needs or weaknesses to.

So what does all this mean?  It means that we need to be generous when we are in seasons of plenty, and be willing to expose our needs to others when the seasons of plenty have dried up.  Yes, it can be scary to admit your need, but once you know you have others you can rely on, and others know they can rely on you, we’ll all be in a better, and healthier place.

This week I encourage you to reach out to someone in need, or admit your need.  It will take some time but together we can all turn the church back into the caring and sharing center it used to be.

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