2 Corinthians 8:7-15
As a congregation you are doing well — your faith is strong, your witness is grounded, your knowledge is solid, your enthusiasm is contagious. You seem to be lacking in only one area — mirroring in your corporate life Yeshua’s concern for the poor. You might want to remind yourselves that Yeshua voluntarily chose to identify with the poor so that each one of us might have the opportunity to see what is really important in life — namely, abundance in relationships and mutuality rather than an abundance of things. It is important for you to realize that, before you can do this, you must first really want to do it. It must be a desire that resides deep within your being. So, get on with it. Let your enthusiasm for Yeshua’s Way be your guide. your nagging call. Let your eagerness support who you are as a follower of the Way lived and taught by Yeshua. Don’t worry about what you don’t have. Instead, check and see how your abundance matches up with the needs of others. I am not suggesting that you give away everything, only that there is some sense of shared equity in your relationships so that no one has too much while others have too little.