Monday – June 17, 2019

Motivation for Giving
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By His Poverty, You Might Become Rich.

2 Corinthians 8:7-11

Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you[a]—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.[b]

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act[c] of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.

Reflect and Pray:

Paul has asked the churches of Maceonia to take up an offering for the poor in Jerusalem and wants to have it in hand when he goes there. Philippi and Thessalonica have already given generously. Apparently, though, the Corinthian church, who had eagerly said earlier they would participate, had not followed through.

They are reminded by Paul that there is a “spiritual debt” to the Jerusalem church. Rather than being forced to give out of obligation or his “calling them on the carpet” he desires they give out of the spirit of love of Jesus.

Paul’s desire is for the Corinthian church to see that their coldness of heart in helping others is not in the spirit of Christ. He reminds them that Christ gave up everything for love, and through that gift we are spiritually rich. Their giving is not simply a financial exercise, it is to be and act of love in response to Christ’s giving of himself.
What is our motivation for giving money for the work of Christ?

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