October 21, 2015

Messy Money

“A Good Example of Giving” 2 Corinthians 8:1-6
2 Corinthians 8-9 contain Paul’s continued discussion with the Corinthian believers concerning the “relief offering.” A careful reading of these chapters reveals that, though they agreed to participate in this effort, they had lost interest in seeing the project completed. These verses outline the proper spirit and motivation of generous giving for all generations of believers.

This offering was not the product or effort of an individual; it was a team effort. Paul’s desire was for all the churches to participate. He appealed to the example of the churches spread across Macedonia hoping to rekindle the fires of commitment among the believers in Corinth. The generosity of the Macedonian churches was abundant in the midst of their own suffering and poverty. Paul recounted the commitment of these congregations. They gave above and beyond what could reasonably be expected, and they gave this way without being forced.

Here one finds the key to generosity. “They first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.” These faithful believers viewed life from God’s perspective. Generous giving came naturally for them because they loved and served the God who created and owned all things.