Voluntary Poverty

This is one of gift options on the spiritual gifts test i just took:

Voluntary Poverty: “The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to renounce material comfort and luxury and adopt a personal lifestyle equivalent to those living at the poverty level in a given society in order to serve God more effectively.”

This gift is a practical gift. Those with the spiritual gift of voluntary poverty will often choose to live among people who are considered poverty-stricken in a given area, and live at their level, although they have the means to live at a higher standard. Th primary motivation for this choice is to minister more effectively to the people through identification. Scriptures: Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-27; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:9.

Note: This gift is often associated with the gift of giving, however, notice that the motivation for this gift is for effective ministry through identification with a group of less-fortunate people, where those with the gift if giving are motivated by what their money can do towards God’s work.

I think this is interesting. If this is truly a spiritual gift, I think that this has interesting implications. “and live at their level…” not just living simply and having money in the bank for “back-up” and not just living in a certain place but having a lot of cool stuff, but living at the same level as those who don’t have a lot in order to identify with the feelings and thoughts and needs of others. This is huge.

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