“Scripture urges and warns us that whatever favors we may have received from the Lord, we have received them as a trust on condition that they should be applied to the common benefit of the church. The legitimate use of the Lord’s favors is liberally and kindly to share them with others. You cannot imagine a more certain rule or a more powerful suggestion than this, that all the blessings we enjoy are divine deposits which we have received on this condition: that we distribute them to others.”
John Calvin, The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005, page 35.