Thursday, November 5, 2009
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
1There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints. 2For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
Helping others seems to be a trademark for us... or at least it should be. Sometimes it is hard to believe until it is seen. We live in a world where people do not expect free help and are suspicious when it is offered. Yet it is by this grace that Christ can be made known.
When someone offers to help you with something, how does that make you feel?
O Lord, help us to help others by your grace. Amen.