devotional post # 2198
2 Corinthians 9:13-15
2Co 9:13 When they see the evidence of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission and your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
2Co 9:14 while their prayers will express a strong affection for you, because of the overwhelming grace of God evidenced by you.
2Co 9:15 Thanks be to God for his gift which is beyond words!
Paul imagines the Jerusalem saints, seeing the gifts collected from the Gentile Christians for them in their time of need, pouring out their hearts in gratitude in their prayers. It will be all the more overwhelming for these suffering saints because they will know that all those gifts came from hearts that were touched by God’s gift of grace in Christ, a gift which is beyond words.
While on deputation a few months ago, we visited a small church and promoted the mission agency we represent. This church was mostly older people, but they give overwhelmingly to the mission every year. When so many give so little, it is absolutely refreshing to see this kind of generosity. It reflects God’s grace in giving us Christ — a gift for whom we cannot be grateful enough.
LORD, thank you for your loving grace, and for those who reflect your generosity in their giving.