A few paragraphs of this book keep coming back to me. Brother Andrew was describing how they had had to tighten their belts after the birth of their second child. A lady sent him a letter which scolded him for not taking enough from the funds donated for the ministry. She wrote first of the Scripture which says that the ox grinding corn must not be kept from eating it, then went on to ask several questions.
Did I think God felt less about His human workers? Hadn’t I better examine myself to be sure that I was not nursing a Sacrificial Spirit? Wasn’t I claiming to depend upon God, but living as if my needs would be met by my own scrimping? I remember her close. “God will send you what your family needs and what your work needs too. You are a mature Christian, Brother Andrew. Act like one.”
The line I highlighted rather struck me, since I happen to be a huge believer in scrimping. So is it wrong for a Christian to scrimp on their own comforts so that they might give more to others? I have always rather admired a person who did that. After all, what about the widow’s mite?
What do you think?
Granted, what Andrew was doing was fairly extreme–they were living mostly from the vegetables of their garden while buying very little meat and getting their clothes from the missionary barrels, but they weren’t actually depriving themselves of food or shelter. So was it wrong?