‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:40 ESV
Then, in Matthew 26, a woman is accused (by the disciples) of wasting ‘very expensive ointment’ to anoint Jesus with. Jesus saw it differently, ‘…she has done a beautiful thing …’ Perhaps the best clue to our own giving may be found if we imagine what we would do if we met Jesus in need, and doing that for the needy we meet. This second of three brief posts on the theme of charity comes from C. S. Lewis…
C. S. Lewis wrote: “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them. I am speaking now of ‘charities’ in the common way. Particular cases of distress among your own relatives, friends, neighbours or employees, which God, as it were, forces upon your notice, may demand much more: even to the crippling and endangering of your own position.”
From C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.