2 Corinthians 8:22-24
2Co 8:22 But with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found eager to accomplish many tasks, but who is now more eager than ever because of his great confidence in you.
2Co 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and coworker in your region. And as for our brothers, they are missionaries from the churches, shining with Christ’s brightness.
2Co 8:24 So prove to the churches that you love them, and show these men that our claims about you are true.
I like to prove it
A reputation is a good thing, but a proven reputation is what I want. Paul wanted the Corinthians to prove that they were supporters of the mission and church as a whole. It means nothing to say that you support missions if you do not support missionaries. This team coming to Corinth would be an opportunity for the missionary band to show their support for Corinth, but also an opportunity for the Corinthians to prove their relationship with the mission. It is one thing to say that “these are our missionaries.” It is another thing to prove it by listening to them, praying for them, and giving to the needs they inform you about.
LORD, show us how to prove our reputations.