Tag: rich generosity
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 7th: 2nd Corinthians 8
The subject of giving can be difficult for a minister to talk about. When money is mentioned, people tend to close their hearts and guard their money! Also, false teachers often manipulate people with their words to get money. The love of money is a stronghold that must be broken for God’s blessings to flow in His people’s lives!
“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.” (2nd Corinthians 8:1-5)
Paul shared with this church about another group of churches who had “the grace of giving.” These churches were in a ‘severe trial’ and ‘extreme poverty’, yet they pleaded with Paul for the opportunity to give. Paul stated that they gave even beyond their ability! They did this on their own, not being manipulated by Paul or worked to get their money. How could this be? Paul said the secret was that they gave themselves first to God and allowed God to instruct them in His will. They then obediently gave generously to Paul for his mission work!
Would that we in the church would follow the example of the Macedonian churches! Let’s try giving ourselves fully to the Lord and allow Him to put His heart of generosity in us! May we “excel in this grace of giving.” (2nd Corinthians 8:7b)