They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God's people. 2 Cor 8:4 CEV
Living as a disciple means making some sacrifices. That we must just accept – not as a heavy burden, but as investments into our spiritual life. Think of it this way: the importance something has for us is directly commensurate to the time, money and effort we’re willing to give to it! When it comes to money, we give a “tithe” – a fixed amount, traditionally ten percent – to the church, because the church is God’s church. There are, however, also many other worthy causes to which we can make a contribution. Here Paul is mentioning the collection he made for the poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. The non-Jewish community were more than ready to contribute, in fact they insisted to have a part! That’s the spirit! It’s more blessed to give than to receive, Jesus said. We must therefore LEARN to give: for a needy person, for a cause that the church is involved with, for whatever God lays on your heart. It’s a sacrifice that will bless you in return – Paul says these contributions will bring about a plentiful harvest for those that sowed!
Lord, what a privilege to be in the position to give – not to have to receive. That alone makes me willing and cheerful to give! Amen.
Sow into the kingdom of God!
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