October 21, 2012

15 Days on Giving

October 21 – 2 Corinthians 8:7-9
It could be argued that John 3:16 has sadly achieved cliché status among most Christians. Many of us can recite the verse as mindlessly as we recite the alphabet; as a result, the significance and impact of its meaning can be lost. In 8:9, Paul explains exactly what Jesus had to experience when “God so loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten Son.” God’s gift of Emmanuel was extremely sacrificial. The Macedonian people were following Christ’s example by giving sacrificially in spite of their circumstances. Here, Paul reminds the Corinthians the ministry of spiritual gifts should never be a substitute for giving sacrificially.