Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Corinthians 8 ~ Excel in Generosity

on October 26, 2012

Paul calls generous giving an “act of grace” in this chapter.  When we realize we’ve been given far more than we deserve, it frees us up to give generously.  Giving to the needs of others is a sign of genuine love. Giving also reflects the heart and life of Christ–who though He was rich, made Himself poor that we might be rich.  Giving to help others demonstrates true belonging to the family of God.  God uses us to meet each other’s needs.

Paul started this chapter by using the Macedonians as a supreme example.  He mentioned three things about the church in Macedonia:  1. They were under a severe test of affliction. 2. They were in extreme poverty. 3. They had an abundance of joy.  Because they were submitted to God, He gave them a great desire that led to an “overflow in a wealth of generosity” in spite of their circumstances.

And if that is not convicting enough for this morning, God used verses 10-11 to re-light a fire in my own heart.  

And in this matter, I give my judgment; this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.  So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.

About a month ago, God laid it on my heart to give and offering of prayer to Him daily specifically at and for our church.  As the weeks have gone by, my desire is still there, but the “work” is not always getting done.  For the Corinthians, it said their work started over a year ago.  A year is a long commitment. It is easy to grow weary, forgetful or lose desire.  The verbs in these verses are rich–start, desire, finish.  Starting is easy; desiring is easy; completing and finishing well is not always easy.  Desire amounts to nothing without work.  A desire to pray is not a pleasing aroma to God; prayer is.

Oh, Lord, keep me faithful to fulfill the desire you placed in my heart.  I want to finish well! In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.


One response to “2 Corinthians 8 ~ Excel in Generosity

  1. erika says:

    God’s perfect answers in His word! Encouraged by how He is working it out 🙂 Thanks for your posts, Tracy!

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