Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT)
In his letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul commends the Macedonian churches for not just their generosity but their rich generosity despite facing severe trial and extreme poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-3). Paul then reveals to us that on their own, the Macedonian churches had urgently pleaded with Paul for the privilege of giving (v. 4) and then exceeded Paul's expectations by giving generously first to God and then to those in need other than themselves.
It pains me when Christians look for reasons to avoid giving. The most common reasons offered are, "I can't afford it" and "We live under grace rather than the Law therefore we do not have to give." I would like to address the latter first. When did God ever tell us not to give? We who have received all of His benefits, we who have been blessed abundantly by God's mercy and grace are the very people who should be eager to give and indeed, serve the most! Let us not be ungrateful servants but grateful servants who are eager to share the blessings of God with others in need.
As for the former reason, whenever I hear it I think about the woman who dropped two coins into the Temple's treasury.
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