October 23, 2015

Messy Money

 “A Balance between Abundance and Need” 2 Corinthians 8:12-15
Many congregations have used the phrase “not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice” in seeking to motivate their membership to meet financial goals. Paul employed the same principle when he discussed the “relief offering” with the Corinthian believers. These verses address the issue of some churches giving more to this effort than others. Was this fair? Did one congregation have the right to call into question the amount another church contributed? Paul asserted this was a matter of equality.

Paul referred to the gathering of manna during the wilderness wanderings (Exodus 16:18). In the daily collecting of the food, older people could not collect as much as those who were younger and stronger. Those with plenty shared with those who had little. The result was everyone had enough food. The abundance of some provided for the scarcity of others.