Basil of Caesarea: Sufficient

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For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:7-8

“If every man took only what was sufficient for his needs, leaving the rest to those in want, there would be no rich and no poor. You came into the world naked; whence then came your present wealth? If you say from fate, you are impious because you do not acknowledge the Creator nor return thanks to the Giver; but if you confess that it is from God, tell us on what conditions you have received it.”

Basil of Caesarea (330-379) in PG 31:275.

The vision for no rich and no poor is rooted in each person gathering only what is sufficient for his or her needs. There’s more than enough for everyone but not everyone has enough because many hoard for themselves what God intends for others. Our role is to share.

That word “sufficient” is a big word. Scripture tells us that God’s grace is “sufficient” for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). It’s all we need. His provision is daily. It’s there when we need it. But what do we tend to do? We store up for ourselves what God  intended for us to share with others.

At GTP we are working with some of the poorest people in difficult situations. We are not asking them to depend on outsiders but to share what God supplies and see what happens. It’s remarkable. There’s always enough. God works in amazing ways when we share with others rather than store up for ourselves!

Speaking of sharing, at GTP we aim to receive a six-figure grant from a foundation who wants to see growth in our support base. They want us to have 43 more givers before 30 June 2022. It’s a tall order but gifts of any size count. To help us empower more national workers to build trust and grow local giving, click here to give today.