Tag: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5
Scripture reading for August 7th: 2nd Corinthians 8, Psalm 7, Proverbs 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”
Paul shared with the Corinthians how he had encouraged the Macedonians to prepare an offering to be ready when he came again. He noted that they responded with great generosity in spite of severe trials and afflictions. Their giving was according to and beyond their means to give. They even begged Paul for the favor of giving this offering. They gave themselves as they gave their money and blessed God and His people.
Faith Confession: What a privilege it is to give to God and to His work and to praise Him with generosity! Lord help me to grow in the grace of joyful and generous giving, knowing how it blesses You and God’s people.
Psalm 7:17 “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.”
Scripture reading for August 8th: 2nd Corinthians 8
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.”
God is a generous giver! His love compels Him to bless His creation and especially His people. Paul cited the Macedonians as an example of what a committed relationship to God the Father produced in their lives. Although the Macedonians went through severe testing and extreme poverty, they had overflowing joy and a desire to give towards God’s work and His people. They gave willingly and generously and the result was super-natural! God’s grace works extreme generosity in those who are cleansed and forgiven!
Observations for over-comers: The grace of giving, even beyond natural ability, marks over-comers. A relationship with Jesus Christ, faith in God’s provision and vision for His work produces the grace of giving. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from your hand.” (1st Chronicles 29:14)