Leviticus 19: 9 – 10 – ‘”When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.”’
Do you hate waste? Do you make sure you’ve eaten every last morsel on your plate, picked every last vegetable from the garden and ensured none are left unutilised? There is a fine line between not wasting and being greedy.
God’s word in Leviticus commands that we provide for the poor and those who are foreigners. We can do the same today, even if we don’t have fields and a harvest.
If we prepare food and it is too much, invite someone over for a meal. If we no longer have use for an item of clothing or furniture, donate it where it will be used. A wealthy Christian is one who knows how to give. Before you throw something out because it is no longer of use to you, consider if it could be of use to someone else – one who is in need; one who could really benefit from it; one who needs to be shown a simple act of kindness and love.
Consider how you can follow God’s command to leave them for the poor in your daily walk with Christ.
Financial tip – in any mortgage, make your repayments fortnightly rather than monthly. There are 26 fortnights in a year and only 12 months, you will end up paying off equivalent to 13 months in a year if you pay fortnightly and save a lot more on interest.