Of the Communion of Saints.
Chapter 27, Paragraph 2.
“…which communion according to the rule of the Gospel, though especially to be exercised by them, in the relations wherein they stand, whether in families, or Churches; yet, as God offereth opportunity is to be extended to all the household of faith, even all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus; nevertheless their communion one with another as Saints, doth not take away or infringe, the title or propriety which each man hath in his goods and possessions.”
1 Corinthians 12:14-27
Everything we own has been given to us by God. We are to share with the other saints the blessings we have been given. But it seems that there are so many needs – how do we know where to begin? How do we determine with whom our resources are shared?
When deciding how to share our goods among the saints, the pattern is like the ripples created by a stone thrown into a pond. Those saints nearest to us, those of our families, are the first priority in our giving. Then those we fellowship with – our local assembly of saints – should receive great consideration to receive our gifts. Our interests should not stop there, though. Saints throughout the world have needs, and if we have the means, we should be generous in relieving them of their burdens.
If we are honest with ourselves, we could probably give more to those in need than we do. While we are to be generous with what God has given us, how much we give is a matter for us to decide. Our possessions are not to be taken by force from us for the benefit of others. Through our free generosity are the saints ministered, and the Lord is glorified.
Questions to Consider
- How are you distributing the gifts God has given you?