Towards the end of his thorough survey of biblical teaching on money and possessions, Craig Blomberg draws the following conclusions:-
1. Material possessions are a good gift from God meant for his people to enjoy
God created a good world, desires that all have at least some property, and blessed Israel with material possessions in response to their obedience. Job, Abraham, David and Solomon demonstrate that riches and godliness can co-exist, if sometimes precariously. Wisdom literature teaches that wholesome work is rewarded materially. …
John Stott outlines three options for rich Christians.
It might be supposed that 2 Cor 8:9 teaches this. Consider also:-
(a) The example of Jesus. He was born into a poor home. He had no home and few possessions. ‘He taught from a borrowed boat, rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, spent his last evening in a borrowed room, and was buried in a borrowed tomb. He and his disicples shared a common purse, and depended for their support on a group of women who sometimes accompanied them.…
Could we be contented with less in order to give away more?
We probably have items – cutlery, crockery, baby equipment, clothing, furniture, toys – that are in good condition but we don’t use or need them. We know that The Besom is able to pass them on to vulnerable people who really do need them.
We could easily identify one area in our everyday lives in which we could practice conservation (water, paper), sharing (books, tools, transport) or recycling (plastic, aluminium).…