Dickens’ “Scrooge” is not only rich, but stingy. He is the epitome of stingy because he held his money close to his heart. Through the ghost of Christmas past, Scrooge is left with a question: Will he remain stingy or become generous?  The lesson could have come from Deuteronomy 15!

Truly, “there will never cease to be some poor people in the land,” but Moses doesn’t stop there. He tells the Israelites of God’s command to open their hands to their fellow Israelites who are needy and poor in the land.

God does not give us a guarantee of material prosperity. He does give us ways to help those in need. We are to live out the message of God’s love by caring for the orphans and widows because they have lost a breadwinner. [James 1] To the exploited we are to offer judicial assistance. [Lev 19] To the undisciplined, we are to remind them that if they are unwilling to work, they should not expect to be fed at the hand of others who have worked. [2Thess 3] The disciples left all to spread the gospel and today those who leave and serve in the missions field need our prayers and financial means.

How does this work on-line? We can offer prayers and a listening ear to those in need and then direct them to the proper avenues where they can be helped. We must be wise and discerning however just as Hebrews 5:14 reminds us, or as Jesus said, “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” [Matt 10:16] God has uniquely placed you at this point in time with the unique technological skills to cross the globe with His love and compassion. Here is an outreach media site [Global Media Outreach] where you can learn how to be an on-line missionary. They protect your identity by various means and then give you a coach to guide you in your discussions all with the purpose of leading others to Christ.

The Principle is clear: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. [2Cor 9] Scrooge heeded the lesson and became a generous benefactor of others.

What is God calling you to do? 

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled “BeautyintheBarrenness.” As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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