The Answer Is So In The Question
In 2nd Corinthians Paul says:
"For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to
that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean
not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that
now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that
their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be
equality" (KJV, 2nd Corinthians 8: 12-14)
Then as a quote from sir Brilliant: "As I gather from the words put in bold, Paul says that the willingness is counted before God only in case if one has something that he could donate, and if one doesn't have anything to donate - due to the reasons of his own poverty - then his willingness to give won't be counted."
Then to Answer: When is willingness to give counted?
Let us go logically backwards to get to the understanding. The goal of the giving was to achieve what goal? That there may be equality
How do we achieve this goal?
What was "NOT" the point of giving?
- For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality.
If the giver has little
Now "to the person" attempting to achieve equality, if that person has little then how does that person's giving to a group that has more achieve equality?
It doesn't like in math to make the value
- Group 1 (5 - 5)
- Group 2 (15 + 5)
- 0 != 20 therefore not equality.
If the giver has much
Now "to the person" attempting to achieve equality, if that person has much then how does that person's giving to a group that has less achieve equality?
By balancing the values between the separate groups like in math to make the value
- Group 2 (15 - 5)
- Group 1 (5 + 5)
- 10 = 10 therefore equality.
First Be a Willing Mind
If equality only can be achieved through the group with much giving to the group with little. Therefore the group with much "Must Be Willing".
Equality does not get achieved through the willingness of the smaller group.
Even if the smaller group wills to achieve equality their physical efforts towards larger groups do nothing towards the real goal.
Let us remember that a group though small may still "Act" towards the goal of equality
Through the giving to a lesser group say group C, the givers "new found poverty" gave them blessings.
When does willingness to give get counted?
- When the willingness to give applies to the greater goal of equality.
Yet when do those in poverty count and deserve praise?
... praying us with much intreaty that "WE" would receive the gift (2 Corinthians 8:4 KJV)
For to ask "for those" that strive to bring balance so that the administration of the balance may grow, was itself the approved offering.
When do those in poverty count
God made everybody, and God loves all of his creation. To him if a person has many things or if a person does not have many things either way each person has an importance that "he has set". For wealth in the world is so a worldly standard on how "we" look at each other. However to God all things have a equal balance of Love. However since his love for us is so equal between all of us, he feels that each should get the same amount.
What does God own?
Now God who made all things rightfully owns all things. Now to those that are of Christ are also of God. They are in, and of God, and also part of God. Therefore to the person that has become part of God to that person God shares his wealth. Therefore all people that are of Christ own all things.
Now as we develop in understanding as a whole society we have those that do not fully comprehend the meaning of owning all things, and strive to hold on to the worldly example of "mine". So then while in transition to the greater expression, for those that truly own all things we abide by the world's standard to prevent those that do not understand from falling to anger/depression and then death. Therefore to a man that feels that something belongs to "him". We allow that belief till understanding grows to the greater expression. For God delivers understanding and he does it at his pace, and he is so very patient, so therefore also must we.
Who deserves praise?
To him who is so in Christ is also of Christ and part of Christ, and Christ deserves all the praise glory and honor forever and ever. Therefore from a worldly perspective a man may look in poverty, yet in the view of Christ owns all things. So be a man rich or poor, all in Christ owns all things. Yet to the poor man we can appreciate more. For the poor in Christ expresses their patience in the great waiting more then the rich. And it's the patience that deserves the praise ^^, and also the works that the patient man suffers through that the rich will be accountable for in the day of great balance. For he who owns much and considers it the standard of living falls below that, to them it gets counted as suffering. Yet to the poor in receiving the wealth from the day of balance a great moment of joy awaits.
The Governmental Expression
In the greater concept of Equality having all property publicly owned is so a step in the right direction however... For it to work the government would have to act as the Apostles as the true method of Administration.
As explained in "The Nature of True Apostleship" found in (1 Corinthians 4)
So instead of each person getting paid according to their abilities and needs.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV)