Day 3 – So that you will have something to give to one in need Ephesians 4:25-32
Writers and speakers will sometimes use contrast to emphasize a point. That method of rhetoric is very effective. In fact, it is the contrast between light and dark that makes the night sky the most striking when there are no clouds in the sky or manmade lights nearby. The darker the night, the more vivid the moon and the greater the contrast. The more contrast in a piece of art, the more it catches the eye. In the 4th chapter of the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul uses the contrast of comparing the life of a believer before conversion to his life after a believer. In verse 28, he uses that contrast to exhort the thief who has been saved to demonstrate a life quite opposite of his former behavior. In that contrast, the Bible reveals another reason that a believer should work. The reason is this, to have something to share with the one in need. Consider the contrast of working to have something to share with the one in need to work in order to build the bank account.
When you rolled out of bed today starting your routine that would eventually lead you to your place of employment, working for the purpose of having something to share with someone in need may have never entered your mind. You may be thinking more about paying off the car or buying new clothes. You may have been thinking about adding to your retirement accounts or taking a vacation. Perhaps those are motivators to get us up and going. But what about the possibility of having something to share with one in need? Is that a motivator in your life? The bottom line in this passage of Scripture is that believers in Jesus should not be takers as a thief is a taker, they should be givers. One reason to work is to have something to share with the person in need.
Many believers have taken this admonition from the Lord serious. It is a great privilege to serve with a church family that practices such generosity. Has that generosity become contagious in your life? Have you considered the possibility that one reason to work is in order to have something to share with someone in need? This thought could make for an interesting conversation with those who work around you. Is this a subject that comes up in the break room where you work? On second thought, it might not be the best idea in the world to initiate a conversation on this topic. After all, if you have been living your faith there are already those who think you are mentally deranged. The question arises again. Is it possible that at the judgment seat of Christ, he will be giving our jewels for a crown based on the principle of working in order to have something to share with the one in need? The one who is a stingy Scrooge will miss out on this reward.