Tuesday, November 3, 2009
2 Corinthians 8:8-15
8I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
10And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
13Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, 15as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."
The Kingdom is about sharing. It is not so some have much while others have little or vice-versa; it is about all of us having enough together. When we learn to share what we have with others, things tend to balance out and we truly mediate the presence of God.
How much of your plenty do you share?
Lord, thank you for surrounding me with people that make me whole as I make them whole. Amen.