When people are asked to be charitable, it reveals what an individual really values as important.
Last week I heard students talking about spending money on some designer handbag worth £500 whilst another admitted to paying high data roaming charges to maintain a Snap Chat streak whilst abroad. Yet if they were challenged to give as much to the poor as they would spend on unnecessary luxuries, people can get very defensive and even offensive in response. Often this reveals that we value status, reputation and comfort, more than we value the lives of those in need.
In SUNDAY’S GOSPEL Jesus made it clear; No one can be the slave of two masters, they will love one and hate the other. You cannot be the slave of both God and money.
When our faith calls us to give to others, the little master within us starts to fight back and give us excuses which cause us to hoard our wealth, time and efforts for things that will only serve ourselves. Lent is an opportunity to kill the little master within and trust that, if we are doing what God has called us to do, we will never go without what we need to be truly happy and achieve all that we were made to achieve.
Let us pray that this Lent, we would make every effort to serve God in generosity to others, trusting in Him to provide all that we need as we pray: Our Father…
Think: Examine you spending habits. What unnecessary luxuries could you do without?