Tuesday July 24, 2018
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
1And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
This doesn’t seem right. It says, “…their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” (v. 2) How is this possible? How can those two have any correlation? Extreme poverty. Rich generosity. It doesn’t make sense. The Macedonians are poor, but they are rich? How? “They gave themselves first of all to the Lord…” (v. 5)
I love to give. I also like to give when it’s convenient. Whether it is with money, time, things, whatever it is, I wait until it’s the right moment for me. I think giving and love have a strong correlation. And by the substitution property (sorry, I was a math guy), giving and Jesus must have a strong correlation. It’s all about Jesus! Jesus gave away love like he was made of it. I believe that is what we are called to do. Just love. I know it sounds corny, but stick with me here.
When we love other people, we are loved. When we console other people, we are consoled. When we understand others, we are understood. Guys, it is in giving that we receive! How cool is that! God gave us the formula to have everything we could ever want, but it all starts with giving.
What can you offer to God’s Kingdom?
How can you give yourself to the Lord in a new way?
Dear God, help us to console, love, understand, and give to those around us daily.
Have a great day!