Giving can be hard. No one feels like they have so much they can just toss it all
away. Yet we should be clear that this hardness is evidence that the power of
the love of money is still at work in us.
If you are bitter about giving, or angry, or frustrated, or feel pressured then don’t
give. But understand that this means you are still clearly bound by the love of money and its power.
This is what the last line of the Rich Young Ruler’s story in the Bible means—“he went
away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” He went away sad, not because
he was given an order too difficult to follow, but because his true god had just
been revealed to him.
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.