Dickens’ “Scrooge” is not only rich but stingy. He is the epitome of stingy because he held his money close to his heart. Through the ghost of Christmas past Scrooge is left with a question; will he remain stingy or become generous?
The lesson could have come from Deuteronomy 15!
Truly “there will never cease to be some poor people in the land” but Moses doesn’t stop there. He tells the Israelites of God’s command to open their hands to their fellow Israelites who are needy and poor in the land.
God does not give us a guarantee of material prosperity but He does give us ways to help those in need. We are to live out the message of God’s love by caring for the orphans and widows because they have lost a breadwinner. [James 1] To the exploited we are to offer judicial assistance. [Lev 19] To the undisciplined, we are to remind them that if they are unwilling to work, they should not expect to be fed at the hand of others who have worked. [2Thess 3] The disciples left all to spread the gospel and today those who leave and serve in the missions field need our prayers and financial means.
How does this work on-line? We can offer prayers and a listening ear to those in need and then direct them to the proper avenues where they can be helped. We must be wise and discerning however just as Hebrews 5:14 reminds us or as Jesus said, “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” [Matt 10:16]
The Principle is clear: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. [2Cor 9] Scrooge heeded the lesson and became a generous benefactor of others.