1.30.2011

A few days ago I read this section of scripture, and let me just say, it's awesome. This topic of generosity has really hit home, maybe it will for you too.
The bible is awesome. Read it.

2 Corinthians 8: 1-15 [generosity encouraged] 

verse 2. Out of their most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty, welled up in rich generosity. 

overflowing joy + extreme poverty = rich generosity? what? this seems so...abnormal. If someone is experience severe trials and extreme poverty, they are hardly ever overflowing with joy and rich generosity. It seems so backwards. Despite circumstances of situations, the attitude of joy and action of generosity is supposed to remain. This Macedonian church was excellent at it, as Paul writes...

verse 3. ..they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

So not only did they give as much as they thought, but even more. They didn't worry about paying the rent or if there would be enough, they gave according to God's will, and knew He would provide. That's trust.

verse 11....now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

No lip service here. This church gave as they were willing, they saw it through to completion, according to what they had. I so need to work on this (as a lot of us do I think), I often want to give more or wish I gave more, but so often it's hard to do that. It's hard to get started. But that's what matters. Faith without action is dead. Jesus calls us to give. Period.

verse 14. at the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. then there will be equality.

As Michael said..that is God's politics. We take care of each other. We give abundantly out of love for our God who has give us more then we could ever deserve. We give to others things they do not deserve and have not earned. We help each other in times of need. We strive for unity in generosity not discourse in selfishness.

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