The beginning of Acts 3 tells about a handicapped man who begged for money every day at the temple gate. Did you ever wonder why he chose that location to ask people for money? It’s because God’s people have a reputation for being the most generous people on earth.
A study was done a few years ago to see who gave more of their money to charity—conservatives or liberals. People who lean toward the left were certain that those with “bleeding hearts” would prove to be more generous. Were they ever wrong! The study showed that conservatives gave nearly twice as much to charity as liberals did.
This shouldn’t be surprising. The Bible continually tells us to remember the poor and to be ready to give to those in need. Those who take the Bible seriously have proven to be more reliable than those who disbelieve, especially when it comes to giving to charity.
Think about it. It’s people of faith who build hospitals, not atheists. What groups are the first to arrive at the scene of a natural disaster and also the last to leave? Christian organizations. And where do people go when they are down on their luck and need some financial assistance? Not to the local humanist society! They call on the church.
We have a reputation for being generous. Let’s live up to that reputation.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”—2 Corinthians 9:12.