devotional post # 2186
2 Corinthians 8:1-4
2Co 8:1 We want you to know, brothers, about the blessing from God that has been given by the churches of Macedonia,
2Co 8:2 because during a severe test of suffering, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity from them.
2Co 8:3 Because they gave according to their ability, as I can testify, and beyond their ability, voluntarily,
2Co 8:4 with much encouragement, they begged us for the blessing of taking part in the relief of the saints–
begging to give
Even though they were going through a severe test of suffering themselves, the Macedonian Christians had begged Paul and his team to take up a collection from their churches. They understood that needs presented among the churches was a way of participating in a blessing. It was not that they expected to be blessed or enriched in return for their gift. No, that investment mentality is often just a different form of greed. No, they begged for the blessing of giving itself. It is a tangible way of expressing love to the needy, of passing on God’s blessing to others. The Macedonians would have been ashamed not to give.
LORD, warm our hearts to the needy among us, and around us, so that we can be a source of your blessing to them.