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9 You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you could become rich through his poverty.
12 A gift is appreciated because of what a person can afford, not because of what that person can’t afford, if it’s apparent that it’s done willingly. 13 It isn’t that we want others to have financial ease and you financial difficulties, but it’s a matter of equality. 14 At the present moment, your surplus can fill their deficit so that in the future their surplus can fill your deficit. In this way there is equality. 15 As it is written, The one who gathered more didn’t have too much, and the one who gathered less didn’t have too little [Exodus 16:18].
Hebrew Christians in Jerusalem faced persecution and hardship almost from the beginning. Paul was concerned for them and asked his Gentile Christian converts to give to help the members of their Christian family in Jerusalem. He laid out his ideal for the church: not “class warfare,” but deep-seated mutual concern and burden-sharing. They responded gladly, and he urged them to finish the collection in the same generous spirit Jesus had showed toward them.
Lord Jesus, I see a tempting item online or in an ad, and my brain goes to work to translate “I want that” into “I need that.” Give me your wisdom to have that inner conversation honestly and in a generous spirit. Amen.
As I considered today’s theme, I recalled the life of one of my all-time favorite comedians, Jack Benny, aka “The Stingiest Man in Show Business.” Born in 1894 as Benjamin Kubelsky of Jewish immigrants from Poland, Jack’s career in vaudeville, radio, movies, & television spanned 50 years. (As we commemorate Veteran’s Day today, Benny was also a veteran volunteering to serve in the Navy during WWI.) Jack would meet his future wife, Mary, at a Passover Seder hosted by his friends, the Marx Brothers. (Oh, to be the fly on the wall that evening.)
Benny had several shticks/routines:
With all of the bad economic updates & forecasts in the news lately, it’s been interesting to read how frugality is becoming trendy. Recipes from the depression era are now in fashion, like making meat loaf or goulash/stews to stretch your food dollar.
I would submit that for those of us who are considered a tad frugal, we’ve been getting a bad rap. Yes, we monitor the thermostat with devoted vigilance &, yes, we are bothered when someone opens the refrigerator door & just blankly stares at his options for 5 minutes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are stingy or miserly. Rather, being frugal could mean that we want to carefully allocate our income to achieve the greatest outcome. Thus, for example, we might have skipped purchasing that Elvis Grbac or Matt Cassell football jersey so we could have money at the ready to splurge on that Patrick Mahomes jersey & Super Bowl Champion paraphernalia.
Likewise, with so many wonderful & worthy charitable options available, we also want to make sure our donations achieve the most “bang for our buck.” I would contend that donations to God’s Kingdom fulfill this goal in multiple ways:
Huh. Who knew there could be so many extra perks accompanying our commitment to God’s Kingdom? Talk about getting a great return on your investment & making your dollar go further.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch a few old episodes of the Jack Benny show. One of Jack’s colleagues shared the following story roasting Benny for his alleged frugality: New to the cast of the TV show, Mr. Benny invited my wife & I to a cookout at his home. He asked me if I wanted a plain burger or a deluxe burger. I asked, “What’s the difference?” Jack replied, “10 cents.”
*Fein, Irving A. Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography, Putnam, January 1, 1976