Impoverishing Yourself Doesn’t Help the Poor

It is not that you ought to relieve other people’s needs and leave yourselves in hardship; but there should be a fair balance- your surplus at present may fill their deficit, and another time their surplus may fill your deficit. So there may be a fair balance; as scripture says: No one who had collected more had too much, no one who collected less had too little.  (2 Cor. 8:13-15)

If you have the means to help others, do it.  If you don’t, don’t.  But do be honest with yourself concerning your abundance.