Every week you live out the message of 2 Corinthians 8 when you share your resources to advance the Kingdom of God. Your financial gifts to the church provide for people to know Jesus, to have their needs met (on all levels) and to help spread the Word to our city and beyond. Together we are better as we give together to make a difference in our world in the name of Jesus!
Like the church in Corinth our church excels in many things. We are a congregation that strives for the best and embraces people, methods and strategies to that end. Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth encouraged them to have the same heart that the Macedonians had in their giving.
You see, the Corinthians had forgotten about the starving people in Judea who needed help. They had planned to give but never got around to it. Meanwhile the Macedonians were eager to give and were excelling in this even though they were going through a time of hardship economically and did not have nearly the resources of their Corinthian neighbors in Turkey. The Roman occupation had taken its toll on their natural resources, such as their forests, and they had very little to offer. But what they had, they offered abundantly and with a joyful spirit.
This weekend our church leads out with Mini-World Changers helping over 30 families with roofs, painting, repairs and yard work. Your prayers and financial gifts help this to happen. Earlier in the week, many in our church privately helped a family stay in their home. The generosity was remarkable and much appreciated.
Let’s continue to “excel in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence” as well as love and in the grace of giving! (2 Corinthians 8:7)
Things to Ponder:
What motivates you to give to the Kingdom of God through the church?
Have you ever received financial help from anyone? What were your feelings or thoughts?Do you think God provides for you…and how does God provide for others?The real question about giving is between you and God. He looks at our motive and yes I think our amounts as He has provided for us.