This is a guest post by Linda Ricke.
We know that of those who are given more, more is expected. I usually find myself in those who have been given more. I am an American. I grew up with loving parents. I was raised in a family where education was important. I was able to graduate college with minimal debt. I’ve been married to my best friend for 32 years. We raised three children who are responsible, loving, and decent college graduates. And we have a healthy, happy six-month-old grandson.
God must expect a lot from us. There’s no denying that we have been blessed. It doesn’t seem fair when I know others who seem to struggle their whole lives with financial, health, and personal problems.
2 Corinthians 8:15 states, “he who gathered much had no excess, and he who gathered little had no lack.” This verse is a challenge. We give generously to our church and volunteer in our community, and we share our blessings with others, but still we are blessed. Still we are fortunate, and still we have excess.
We need the poor. We need the poor because they are Christ. And no matter how blessed we may be, we need Jesus.