They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. ~ Romans 15:27 NLT.
But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner. ~1 Corinthians 14:40 NASB.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? ~ Luke 14:28-30 NKJV.
Ellen G. White
"Use your God-entrusted capital of means to arm and equip men [and women] to enlist in the army of the Lord as soldiers of Jesus Christ. Teach them that it is not the indulgence of every whim which youth may suggest that will facilitate their growth in Christian experience." ~ Manuscript Releases, Vol 6, Paragraph 128
- Randy Kinnison of Bethany Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon
- "If you don't put money into it, it's not a goal.”