The Giver: One-Upping

[Yesterday, Paul challenged the church to show proof of their love by giving. It isn’t just giving, but it’s giving with the right motives and the desire to please God. one church I attended called the weekly collection, “Worship through our Giving”. The early church was able to pull together its resources and give to others as they had the need. Then when the giving ministry grew, they put seven men in charge to help distribute food. Giving is not leaving two trash-bags full of dresses on a tomboy’s doorstep, it’s about meeting real needs Monday through Sunday.]

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.”

[As with many verses in the Bible, this passage begins in the next chapter, but is the end of the chapter before it. Paul started by telling the Corinthians about how well the Macedonians had given, here we find out that they were inspired to do it by the gift the Corinthians had sent before. It must really be quite a plateau to hear how somebody you inspired up and outdid you. Do you think your church would be one that Paul would brag about? Would he use your example to inspire others? Would you go so far as to outdo the church that inspired you?]

...Anyway, that's just how I feel about it ... What do you think?

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