devotional post # 2188
2 Corinthians 8:9-11
2Co 8:9 Because you are aware of how our Lord Jesus Christ blessed us, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his becoming poor you might become rich.
2Co 8:10 And in this matter I give my opinion: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to want to do it.
2Co 8:11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your eagerly desiring it may be matched by your completing it from what you have.
Paul encouraged the Corinthians to make good their intentions to give. He told them that giving benefits them, that it is an exercise in being Christlike. After all, it was Christ who took the ultimate pay cut by descending to earth to become one of us — and he did it for our sake.
LORD, make us eager to love as you loved, by sacrificial giving out of compassion.