Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

2 Corinthians 8:1-7 NLT
[1] Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. [2] They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. [3] For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. [4] They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. [5] They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. [6] So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. [7] 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.

Reflection . . .

God is calling us to generous giving!

Of course we are to give according to what we have been given. All things belong to God and what he desires is that we don’t hold on to things that are really not ours in the first place. He want us to be generous! He wants us to give joyfully and generously! These two things need to go together to experience the satisfaction of giving to the Lord.

Many people it seems give only to reduce their taxable income or for selfish purposes. Giving generously is not just a tithe (10%) which is what the Bible teaches as a basic standard for giving (given in the Old Testament). Generosity it would seem should be even more than just 10%. It’s giving out of the joy and gratitude of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ! He has given us life and life more abundant! Why would we settle for giving the minimum or hang on so tightly to what is not ours in the first place?

When we experience the joy of giving generously, we become a blessing to the Lord and to others!

Think of a way you can be more generous in your giving — perhaps to someone in need, to your church or a specific ministry.