Giver or Consumer?

When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident; I am Yahweh your God. – Leviticus 19:9


One of the important principles of Christian financial management concerns whether or not we live to consume or we live to give. The consumer earns a wage and immediately thinks of how he can spend it. The giver earns the same wage and thinks of the many ways he or she can give. The consumer first considers his wants and leaves very little (if anything) for the needs of others. The giver considers his needs and the needs of others before he begins to think of his wants. The consumer uses all of his resources with no thought of tomorrow, but the giver only consumes some of his resources and leaves the rest to meet the needs of those who have nothing.

Are you a consumer or a giver? It all comes down to what you do with what you have. Live to give.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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