“If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.” Philemon 18
The Apostle Paul was generous. He was generous with a distinct purpose in mind—the restoration of a relationship.
We’d all say we want our lives to be characterized by giving. But our selfish nature often causes us to hit the brakes on generosity, so that we can make sure we keep enough for ourselves. When the Apostle wrote a letter to his friend Philemon, worrying if he had enough was not a concern. Paul’s heart was concerned with removing a potential financial wall between friends.
Most of us would agree that generosity is good and that greed is bad. They sit at two opposite ends of a financial spectrum.
But greed in a person’s heart isn’t always easy to spot. It’s especially hard to diagnose greed when it’s something in your own heart. Rather than recognizing greed as an honest struggle, we often try to spin it as a positive trait. We label ourselves as thrifty, or saving for a rainy day—but never greedy.
Being greedy doesn’t mean you don’t love people or do lots of good deeds. But it does mean than when it comes down to the big decisions, the question you ask first is; “Am I still going to be able get what I want?”
Like Paul, generosity puts others first while greed does the opposite. On which end of the financial spectrum do you sit?
Father, give me the courage to trust you with my financial resources. Please use what you have given to me to make a difference in the lives of others. Amen.