“But it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.” ( II Corinthians 8:13b-14 from II Corinthians 8:1-15 )
What do you need? Is it something that some else has? Do they need it? Would they be willing share it?
I remember from my years in school (in grade school or early in high school) I learned basic history of economics and about Adam Smith & John Locke who put forth preliminary concepts about supply and demand, the ebb and flow of what is needed and what is available. But it would seem from this biblical passage that the concepts rested in the human mind even before Smith and Locke put them into print (1776 and 1691 respectively).
“Supply and demand” is now part of microeconomics and is “economic model of price determination in a market.” (Thank you Wikipedia) And maybe that is why it is so hard for people to get what they need – they can not meet the “price.” Paul was trying to persuade the Corinthians that they should not demand a “price” but should out of Christian compassion and fellowship help the Macedonians.
Paul says a little further one (verse 15), “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.” Not economics, but right relationship and justice. The thing is though, we decide for ourselves what is too much and what is too little, and that decision may result in those who have little to have too little! While we keep our too much! Jesus said it is easier for a fully loaded camel to get through a narrow door then for a richly affluent person to get into heaven. Imagine that camel having to kneel down to squeeze through – so must a rich person humble themselves before God seeking to know what they should do to share the “too much.”
May you gentle reader heed the call of the Divine to know to contribute to the ebb and flow where all people have what they need, not too little but not too much! Selah! And shalom for your day!