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For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack–that there may be equality. 2 Corinthians 8:13-14
Good Things?

How can it be that when we give to those who lack, that God can give something in return in order that both giver and receiver may have equally? The answer is found in these four words, It’s a God-thing.” The Apostle Paul’s report concerning the open-handed Macedonian church (in 2 Corinthians 8:3-5) gives us some more insight.

For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

Notice…

1. They gave themselves to Jesus
2. They gave according to His will
3. They gave beyond their ability
4. They begged Paul to take their gift.

They gave first to the Lord first and what they first gave was themselves — Jesus Christ was their top priority and their obedience; their giving, was in accordance to His will. God wants us! Amazingly, it was that type of faith that enabled them to give beyond their ability to give. And it was by that same faith that, although quite poor themselves, they literally had to beg the Apostle Paul to take their money. As it turns out, these folks weren’t so ordinary after all!

Have You Ever Begged to Give?

These folks were insistent because they knew the power of God and the blessing of koinonia; the fellowship and communion of the saints. They grasped the importance of obedience, commitment, and submission. I further submit to you that they gave as a continual sign of their love and gratitude to their Lord and Savior.

When was the last time we asked God, “How can we give today?”

For the love of Christ compels us… 2 Corinthians 5:14a

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