About this Piper writes:
“In other words, there are three levels of how to live with things: (1) you can steal to get; (2) or you can work to get; (3) or you can work to get in order to give. Too many professing Christians live on level two. Almost all the forces of our culture urged them to live on level two. But the Bible pushes us relentlessly to level three.”
Dr. Piper offers us some serious food for thought. In my estimation, he is absolutely right in pointing out that our culture does push us to live on level 2. Sadly, I think the church also pushes believers to live on level 2, if not intentionally, at least through her silence.
Yet Jesus is not silent about this topic. He actually talked about money quite often, and when he did, He generally spoke about level 3 living. He calls us constantly to give….to be generous…to store up our treasures in Heaven and not on earth (See Matthew 6:19-24).
At the very least, this is a good reminder that the entire Christian life is a calling to live an “others-oriented” life. Christ calls us to consider others as more important than ourselves. He calls us to spend our time, talents, and treasures for the Kingdom of God. Much of this spending takes place by spending ourselves on others. And so we need to ask, “Are we working to get?”, or “Are we working to give?”