Generosity to those less well off than me is the key to practical ministry. Paul says the wealthy should be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share. Even former thieves must work with their hands to have something to give to the needy. The take away message is that money is to be used for helping others with practical needs.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:17-18
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. James 1:9-10
Lord Jesus, Give me eyes to see the needs of those around me. Help me to know who to bless with my wealth. Amen.
Be careful of hypocrisy
My words are not enough when blessing those in need. I must actually use my own wealth to supply part of their need. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? James 2:16
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18
Jesus, keep me from hypocrisy when I see others in need. Give me understanding how to help them and make sure they are truly helped. Amen.