“But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
Paul urges the church in Corinth to be a generous group of people. He establishes the churches in Macedonia as an example to them. They were struggling financially, but their great joy compelled them to ask to participate. The Corinthian Church was very well off, comparatively speaking, but would their level of Joy match that of the Macedonians?
“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.” (vs 8)
If that wasn’t enough, Paul gives the ultimate example in Jesus: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (vs 9)
Generosity needs to mark the follower of Jesus. Since we’ve been given so much and since this world is no longer our home, following Christ will mean that we hold the stuff of this world with an open hand. We use the material things of this temporary world to build the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
Our Giving God is looking for giving people who will do His will and work on the planet. I believe that He blesses those who trust Him and give of themselves. Give it all away. God will provide more for you to give away.
Father, thank You for Your great love and generosity toward me. Increase my faith in You and help me to grow to shocking levels in this grace of giving. Thank You for your Gift of grace in Jesus. I live for You today.