Monday, November 2, 2009
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
1And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5And 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. 6So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Giving has little to do with what we have and more to do with how we see the world. Whenever we think about how much we have, we see it as little and not enough. When we see the world as a place where giving is part of the cycle, we never have enough to give because we look at those to whom we give with the eyes of Jesus.
Do you see giving as a blessing or a chore? How much do you give? Why that much?
Jesus, you gave up everything in heaven o show us the way. May we follow well. Amen.