At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equalityÉ
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, the major implication of Paul's statement is there will be a time when others will be called upon to meet our own needs. None of us knows when or how the situation might become reversed or change in an unexpected way. But the key word Paul uses is "equality". He tells us "...in turn their plenty will supply what you need." So we know, at some time in the future, we too will have a need that God will call upon the body to meet.
This somewhat follows the principle Jesus taught in Luke 6:38: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Just don't make the mistake of thinking this teaching is only about money -- it's a commentary on life in general. Whatever calculation we use to give to other people -- is the same measurement that will be used to bless us in return. So whether it's finances, mercy, grace, forgiveness, compassion, or charity -- whatever we give out will come back to us -- in a like amount, but not always in exactly the same shape or form.
Questions to Ponder:I know there are people who ask the question: "We've given so much, is there equality?" The Lord would ask, "You've been blessed with so much, what more can you do for others?" Have we (in this country especially) been guilty of asking and expecting His blessings to continually be heaped upon us -- without a thought to equality? What about others? In what areas is God calling you to give of yourself?