October 25, 2015

Messy Money

Sunday
“Jesus: The Ultimate Giver” 2 Corinthians 8:8-9
The most generous giver of all is Jesus. Paul wanted to make sure the Corinthians recognized Jesus as the supreme example to follow. Jesus possessed all the powers and attributes of God that Heaven provided, but he willingly gave up those privileges when he came to earth (See Philippians 2:5-11).

Jesus, who was rich in godliness, became poor when he suffered the agony of the Cross. He did this so we might become rich. Richness is not a reference to material wealth, but to spiritual blessings. The Cross was the ultimate act of generosity. The Macedonian churches gave sacrificially. They understood authentic giving involved moving toward poverty so others could be blessed. The Corinthians apparently never grasped this truth.