2 Corinthians 12:15 How Much Will You Give Of Yourself For Others?

So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? 2 Corinthians 12:15

Normally people give of themselves in order to get something in return. They are more than willing to go the extra mile when there is a huge benefit for themselves in the end.

Sometimes that benefit may be physical benefits, such as money, while other times it is social/emotional benefits, such as accolades from others. Either way it is often for personal reasons that a person gives of themselves to another.

Paul reveals his concern for the Corinthians. He tells them that he is very willing to give completely of himself and everything he has for their benefit.

Jesus gave one hundred percent of Himself, when He died upon the cross, for each and every person to save them. He did not hold anything back that might be needed. And this was done while the people still hated Him and wanted nothing to do with Him.

Believers need to have the same attitude when being a witness for Jesus. However, many in the church are being just like those in the world, wanting the self praises of people. They will do ministry and reaching out to people, but they do the absolute minimum possible.

Some will hold back their best, because they are more concerned about themselves, than they are of others. As this is done, the world sees and understands that the believer really does not care for them.

When a believer gives of all he has, both physically and emotionally, the world will see it. They will see the love of God through that believer. In seeing that selfless love, people will choose to follow Christ.

As a believer God will always open doors for you to give of yourself and what you have in order to be a witness to others. You have a choice as to how much you are willing to give.

Be willing to give one hundred percent of yourself and what you have to reach the lost. As you give of yourself, God will pour back into you everything that you need and more.

Just as Jesus gave of Himself, and then God restored Him and exalted Him above all, so God will also restore you and raise you up. Do it with a willing and joyful heart.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love as God loves; that you will give of yourself to reach others for Jesus; that God will meet all of your needs; and that God’s kingdom will grow through you.

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.

2 Corinthians 8:2 Rich Generosity

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

Giving is something that some people like to do, but most are not great at doing it. The type of giving most people do, is giving when they have an abundance or giving what they no longer need.

During spring cleaning, it is common to see many people suddenly donate many things to various organizations. Most of what is donated are things that they no longer want. Others will give a little more, but only to look good.

Paul commended the Macedonian church because of their extreme giving. At a time that they were under severe persecution and extreme poverty, they generously gave to those in need.

Giving generously is something that many people struggle with, because they are trying to survive with what little that they have. There is a feeling that if they give up what little they have to someone else, they will fall short of their own needs.

Believers who act in this way have forgotten what Jesus gave to them. Jesus left all of the riches of heaven to live here on the earth. Then in His poverty, He gave His life for each and every person to have eternal life.

God has already provided for the greatest need that a person could ever possibly have, to be forgiven and given life. Since God has already given that much, He will be willing to give anything else that is needed.

The believer must be willing to trust God to meet all of his needs as he works to give generously in order to meet the needs of others. As he finds joy in rich generosity, God will pour back into him as needed.

Most likely you know someone who is in need of something that you could provide for. Instead of hoarding what you have to survive on it, be willing to give it away with a generous, loving heart.

As you provide for the needs of others, God will in turn touch the hearts of others to provide abundantly for your needs. Give in the same way that Jesus gave to you. Be willing to give anything and everything to those in need with great joy so that God will be able to return that blessing to you in your time of need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has already given you; that you will find joy in giving as God has given you; and that God will open your eyes to the needs of others that you can meet.

1 Corinthians 13:3 Don’t Give Without Love

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Throughout the world many wealthy people can be seen giving large amounts of money for different causes. Many of those people doing the giving have never even set foot in the area to help with the cause directly themselves.

Others have gone out of their way to physically help with a cause, while giving some money. Often these things are done for tax write-offs or for publicity.

As Paul begins to describe what true love is, he states that if he gives everything he has to the poor or goes through hardship for others, but does not have love, he does not gain anything.

Wealthy people are not the only ones who often give without love in the process. Giving in order to get something is a common problem for many people, whether wealthy or poor.

Getting some type of tax exemption is a common reason for people to give money or things. Getting praise and recognition is the common reason for giving of one’s self to help another person out. Both of these types of giving gain nothing, since love is not really in it. The only love is selfish personal love, not God’s love.

Giving like this is also very common in a church. Some will give as little as possible, just to say that they gave. Or they give a lot and announce it loudly, so that everyone knows that they gave. Again these people gain nothing.

God gave out of love when He gave Jesus. Jesus gave out of love when He gave His life. Every believer needs to give out of true love, love for God and love for others.

You may or may not be a person who gives money or self to others. If you do give, examine why you give. Ask yourself what is the motivation behind your giving of money or self.

Allow God’s love to permeate your heart, so that all that you do will be done out of love, not for selfish pride or dead obedience. If God’s love is not in the giving, it will mean nothing and gains nothing.

When love is at the center of your giving, God will be able to reward you greatly, both in this life and in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will have God’s love in your heart for others; that you will give out of love for God and others; and that God will help you to remove all selfish pride.

2 Corinthians 9:12 Double Purpose To Give

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12

There are many organizations that urge people to give generously in order to help other people out. In America, they have made a dual purpose to give. One is to help others out, while the other is to get a tax write-off at the end of the year on the income taxes.

The world recognizes the need to help others out and attempt to make good on selfish reasons to do so.

Paul just commended the church for their selfless giving to help others out. He recognizes that this not only supplies the needs of other believers, but is also an expression of thanks to God.

While many recognize the need to give in order to help others, they do not always see it as a means of expressing thanks to God also. God has given people money and things for two purposes. One is to provide for their own needs, and the other is to provide for the needs of others.

At the time God sent Jesus to die on the cross, He had dual purpose in giving His Son. One is to provide forgiveness for those who believe in Him, the other is to provide a way to have fellowship with fallen man.

As a believer generously gives from his heart to the needs of others, he is telling God thanks for what He has blessed him with. He is not being selfish and hoarding what God has blessed him with to himself, but is sharing it from a loving and generous heart.

When this generous giving is done, people will praise God for His provision and the obedience of the other believers.

Regardless of how much or how little you have, you have been blessed with God with what you have. God is your provider of all that you have and need. Instead of hoarding and keeping it to yourself, give to others who are in need.

Your giving will be a blessing from God to others and an expression of thanks and trust to God for what He has given you. In all of your giving, you will never be able to out give what God can and has given you.

How are you thanking God today for what He has given you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to share what He has given you; that you will show thanks to God by giving to others in need; and that many will see and praise God because of your generous giving.