2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15. Paul is sending two men to collect a contribution from the believers in Corinth. He has been collecting funds from the Gentile churches to help those in Jerusalem who have been hard hit by famine. He is sending Titus because he trusts him and knows that he is passionate about the ministry, and he is also sending another man “who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.” Paul does not mention the man’s name, but he assumes that the Corinthians would recognize him. Paul explains that “We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man” (20-21). When it comes to fundraising, believers should be extra cautious not to bring shame to the name of Christ or his church.
LORD, may we give generously, but be careful not to shame you by our fund-raising.