Tuesday 5 November, 2013

2 Corinthians 8:1-15

8 Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given to the churches in Macedonia. 2 They have suffered a great deal. But their joy was more than full. Even though they were very poor, they gave very freely. 3 I give witness that they gave as much as they could. In fact, they gave even more than they could. Completely on their own, 4 they begged us for the chance to share in serving God’s people in that way. 5 They did more than we expected. First they gave themselves to the Lord. Then they gave themselves to us in keeping with what God wanted. 6 Titus had already started collecting money from you. So we asked him to get you to finish making your kind gift. 7 You do well in everything else. You do well in faith and in speaking. You do well in knowledge and in complete commitment. And you do well in your love for us. So make sure that you also do well in the grace of giving to others. 8 I am not commanding you to do it. But I want to put you to the test. I want to find out if you really love God. I want to compare your love with that of others. 9 You know the grace shown by our Lord Jesus Christ. Even though he was rich, he became poor to help you. Because he became poor, you can become rich. 10 Here is my advice about what is best for you in that matter. Last year you were the first to give. You were also the first to want to give. 11 So finish the work. Then your longing to do it will be matched by your finishing it. Give on the basis of what you have. 12 Do you really want to give? Then the gift is received in keeping with what you have, not with what you don’t have. 13 We don’t want others to have it easy at your expense. We want things to be equal. 14 Right now you have plenty in order to take care of what they need. Then they will have plenty to take care of what you need. That will make things equal. 15 It is written, “Those who gathered a lot didn’t have too much. And those who gathered a little had enough.”

Paul is now encouraging the Corinthians to complete the collection of the gift that was spoken about in 1 Cor 16:1-4 for the saints in Jerusalem. He is asking them to fulfil the promises that they had first made in their desire to give, but not to their detriment but “according to your means”.

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For me this is a reminder to do what I have intended to do as far as giving goes.  I am not to make pledges or commitments that I can not meet or that will send me backwards nor am I to forget about commitments that I have made to give.

Father, once again in these blogs you are reminding me that we are to be funnels, I receive from you, so that I can give to others.  Coming to God then going to others. Thank you.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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  1. David Newton says:

    Your prayer is so true!
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    Many years ago when I was a young christian God spoke directly to me and said ‘buy a plane ticket to India’ and give it to a lady in the church I attended. I did not know this lady well but I rang her that evening and told her what I intended to do. She was so shocked she dropped the phone. Unknown to me her mother had taken ill and she needed to fly home but didn’t have the money.
    Since then I have been on several wonderful overseas holidays but that is still the best plane ticket I have ever purchased.
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    It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)

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