|But just as you excel in everything –in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us –see that you excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. –2 Corinthians 8:7-8
These verses were written in a letter to the Church in Corinth. Paul had been boasting about the Corinthians eagerness to help to the Macedonians, and he was forewarning them so that his boasting would not prove hollow. I look at many Churches today, and just like that Corinthians; they are just enthusiastic about improvement. Enthusiasm is great, but that is all it is…a feeling. A feeling that passes away just as quickly as it came in if is not acted upon.
Just like the verses above clearly say, Paul is not commanding anyone, he is just letting us know that God tests the sincerity of our love, not by looking at how much we have or how much we know, but by how we excel in the grace of giving. Many of us today only give after we have made covenants with God that if he does something for us, we will do something in return. Where is the grace in giving, if we only give because we want something in return? Wasn’t his death on the cross in place of yours enough? Isn’t the life that he blesses you with everyday enough? Isn’t the daily bread he provides you with enough? When is it enough?
We live in a society where the word “enough” is considered blasphemous, but then we are not even of this world! Greed has caused us to completely lose sight of the big picture. We come to Church and all we do is ask! When do you just do? He gives us life everyday just because he wants to; he blesses us with families, friends, and other things because of his great mercy towards us. What have you done for him just because you wanted to?
Many Christians today love to complain about how dirty the toilets at Church are, they complain because it is hot in the sanctuary, how bad the music sounds, how loud the babies are, etc. What have you done to affect change? When Jesus tells us to give, it doesn’t always have to be money. He wants you to spend yourselves for him and for his bride, the Church. You have been endowed with a talent that he wants you to use for the Church. If the Church needs to be cleaned, clean it. If you are good in accounting, help with money matters. If you are a mother, help the new mothers care for their kids. If you are an engineer, help out with mechanical things in the church. Be proactive, and don’t let your enthusiasm prove hollow. If you don’t do it, someone else will, but why don’t you let that person be you?
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that, so that you through his poverty might become rich. –2 Cor. 8:9
What has your grace done for the body of Christ?
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