“In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2
Paul is talking about the churches in Macedonia. He states that God has given them a large amount of grace. They were undergoing an extremely severe trial, yet were overflowing with joy despite extreme poverty. They did not use this joy for themselves, but gave to others as much as they were able to do. They were willing to give their last shirt and food for others to meet their needs. They were extremely generous.
Most people do not like to be extremely generous because they are concerned for themselves. If they give all their money, how will they pay for their bills? Or put food on the table? Or what if the vehicle breaks down? Or how will they purchase the clothes their children need?
These are legitimate concerns people have. They are not frivolous, selfish type of desires.
While there are others who have more selfish concerns. Some such as how to pay for the vacation coming up? Or how to purchase that new car? Or new television?
Both types of concerns are things that as a believer you should not be concerned about. You are supposed to trust God in all of your needs. You are to be led by God’s Holy Spirit in what you are to do in your life. If God opens the door to give to someone in need, take it. Trust that He knows your needs and will provide for them.
All believers should be first generous in everything they have. God was extremely generous in sending His Son to this earth for you. Jesus was extremely generous in laying down His life so that you may have life. Jesus was extremely generous in forgiving you of your sins so that you could live for eternity.
In light of the grace God has given you, be generous to others. Be willing to give, even beyond your ability. Trust that God is in control and will take care of your needs. As you meet the needs of others, others can meet your needs.
I pray today that God will show you ways to be generous to others; that you will know how generous God has been to you; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that God will build His kingdom through you.