If young people spend their money
(Favell Lee Mortimer, "Family Devotions")
The crowd asked, "What should we do?" John
replied, "If you have two coats, give one to
him who has none. If you have food, share
it with those who are hungry." Luke 3:10-11
John, by his answer, shows us that the
chief sin of the people was covetousness!
Covetousness is the sin of the poor, as well as of
the rich. As we read in Jeremiah 8:10, "Everyone,
from the least, even to the greatest, is given to
Is this sin still very common? It is!
People's hearts are still wrapped up in . . .
or their lands,
whether they have little or much.
People are so fond of their property that they are
reluctant to part with any of it. But the Word of
God tells us that we should be ready to give.
Those who have more than enough for themselves,
ought to give to those who have less than enough.
The Scriptures do not forbid our saving against old
age or sickness; but they command us to give to
those who are in need.
"Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The
Lord rescues them in times of trouble." Psalm 41:1
If young people spend their money . . .
in fancy clothing, or
in useless things,
there is no promise for them to depend upon. But
if they delight in giving to the poor for God's sake,
they shall never be forsaken!