2 Corinthians 9:2 How Eager Are You To Help Others?

For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 2 Corinthians 9:2

There are some people who are eager to help others out. They find a great joy when they are able to provide something someone else needs.

People will often notice those who are generous givers, some because they want something, others because they see the good being done. Seeing a great giver will also often encourage others to give in the same way.

As Paul continues to talk about giving, he commends the Corinthians for their great enthusiasm and readiness to help others out.

Giving is something that God started by giving mankind the earth and everything in it. Later He gives His Son, Jesus, to take away sins and to give eternal life. In both of these things, God is helping out mankind in areas of need.

The process of helping others out is God’s way of providing abundantly for everyone for everything that one needs. Every type of help is a type of giving. It can be giving of time, energy, effort, or of things, such as money, clothing, food, or anything else.

Most people are not eager to help others out, unless it is to their advantage. They want to hoard everything that they have, time, energy, money, thing, just in case they might need them.

The believer who realizes how God has helped him and what God has, will be quick and eager to help others out any time he sees and need, and has the ability to help. He will know and understand that God will provide for his own needs as he helps someone else out.

Over your life, how many times has someone else helped you out? How many times has God helped you out?

Instead of hoarding what God has given you, be eager to pass it on to help someone else out. As you help others out, God will in turn put others in your path to help you out.

Trust that God will provide abundantly for all that you need as you eagerly give of all that you have. As you eagerly help others, it will also stir others to the action of helping others out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God has already helped you; that God will strengthen you to help others in their times of need; and that you will trust God to provide for all that you need as you give to others.

Isaiah 58:2 The Appearance Of Eagerness To Know God

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For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. Isaiah 58:2 

Eagerness is the deep desire for something to happen. People get very eager the closer they get to having a large vacation or when one is about to graduate. It is common for people to be eager for the weekend to arrive.

There are times that a person can give the appearance of being eager, but are really not that eager. Children often play being eager, while not wanting something to happen, only to make their parents happy.

Isaiah describes the people of Israel as if they were eager to get near God, to have God near them. They were acting as if they were a nation who did what was right.  However, they were living in sin and rebellion against God.

It is no different today with some people. There are some who appear to be eager for God. They are always at church singing all the worship songs, loudest in prayers and can quote the bible very well. Yet, outside of church, they are living in sin on purpose, refusing to repent or change.

In some places there are even churches who appear to be followers of God, yet, condone and promote sinful acts among the people.

The nation of Israel had been living like this, yet, were steeped in sin. Many in America claim that America is a nation who seeks God, yet, it is also steeped in the same in sin.

Believers who are truly eager to know and have God near will live for God. They will seek to change and turn from sin.

You must take a look at your own life and determine if you are really eager to know God and have Him near, or if you are just playing a game. As you seek to know God, are you willing to change and run from all sin?

Or are you willing to accept some sin in your life as the world does?

Look at the life of Jesus and determine how well your life measures up to His. The closer it is, the more true your seeking God is. Do not just appear to be eager to know God, but be eager to live for God as you get to know Him.

I pray today that you will know God in a close way; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will live your life as Jesus did.