Several months ago, I was in Washington D.C. and stayed across the street from the tent city of the Occupy D.C. movement. Remember the Occupy movement? It is still very much alive in many places. As I walked past it one day, I was struck with their passionate belief that when some prosper others should protest.
This mindset is in stark contrast with one of my favorite "generosity" verses. It can be found in Proverbs 11, verse 10. It says, "When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices."
So, what is the link between prospering and the city rejoicing? This certainly isn't happening in the minds of the protesters in D.C.! The link can be found in those other two words, "the Righteous." The Hebrew word for these type of people is "saddiqim" (pronounced "sod-a-heem").
The saddiqim are very special people. They are known for their generosity. They understand that God has blessed them so they can be a blessing to others. They know that they have more than they need, so they can help those in need. Think the Good Samaritan. They have possessions so they can meet the needs of those with few possessions. They are willing to forego earthly pleasures to lay up heavenly treasures.
When you encounter the saddiqim ... you know it. When a city is filled with saddiqim, guess what happens? Rejoicing!
This morning I was with a group of CEOs. They asked me to help them understand the type of people that NCF serves. I told them we are privileged to serve the saddiqim. Hard to imagine a finer group of people to serve. I'm guessing someone we serve has already come to your mind when you think of this type person.
Those of us that serve across the country with the National Christian Foundation are truly blessed! Not only to serve the saddiqim, but also to walk this road with one another. Let each of us seek to glorify God and see the city rejoice by being a part of the saddiqim!
David Wills is President of National Christian Foundation in our Atlanta office. His passions are centered on generosity and eternity, and he therefore invests his time helping others "lay up treasure in heaven" (Matthew 6:20).