For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Matthew 25:35
The Support of God’s Church:
- Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Romans 12:13
- As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 † Commentaries.
- For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10
- Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee. Deuteronomy 16:17
- Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10 † Commentary: “All the tithes; the whole tithe – not merely a portion of it. God is not served with partial service.”—Pulpit Commentary.
- Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8 † Commentary.
- Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: Matthew 6:3
- Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:8
- He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Luke 3:11
- But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Proverbs 19:17
- But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John 3:17
- Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
- Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Proverbs 3:27 † “Them to whom it is due—i.e., the poor and needy. An exhortation to us to make to ourselves “friends of the mammon of unrighteousness” (uncertain riches, Luke 16:9), remembering that we are not absolute owners, but “stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1Peter 4:10), so that when we “fail,” i.e., die, “they,” the friends we have made by our liberality, may welcome us to heaven.”–Ellicott’s Commentary .
- I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2
The subject of H O A R D I N G:
Webster’s Dictionary: Hoard: 1. (v. t.) To collect and lay up; to amass; to store secretly; as, to hoard grain; to hoard wealth. Store, stock, or quantity of anything accumulated or laid up; a hidden supply; a treasure; as, a hoard of provisions; a hoard of money.
Should Christians hoard anything? Is ‘hoarding’ the same as being prepared?
Matthew 6: 20 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Romans 13: 14 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Commentary: “And make not provision – The word “provision” is here used to denote “provident care,” or preparation for future needs”—Barnes
Helping the less fortunate:
Ezekiel 18: 7 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;
Luke 3: 11 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
James 2: 15-16 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
The best use for a closet:
Does the Bible tell us how to use our closets—what is a closet?
Matthew 6: 6 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Does ‘hoarding’ reveal our innermost thoughts?
How many less fortunate people could use the “things” we hoard? Our sinful nature drives us to accumulate and store up the material things of this world, with the logic and anticipation that we will, or might need these items in the future. If we truly believe God will provide for our future needs, doesn’t this logic indicate our faith is placed in ourselves—and not in God?