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 many in the world even understand to a point. Many wealthy people give a lot a way every year, though it is primarily for the purpose of getting a tax cut. Others will also give, but only to look good, not really to help others out.
The majority of people in the world are trying to keep things to themselves. They want all the wealth and not to have to share it with others.
Paul points out that the Macedonian church had been going through a severe trial and extreme poverty, yet, they gave very generously to the needs of others.
Believers are to be known for sharing and generosity, yet, this is not often the case. Just as with the world, many believers are holding on to what they have, afraid that they will not make it if they give anything away.
As they hold this view, they are only looking at the here and now and not at what God can provide. The work that Jesus had done for them is forgotten. Jesus had given up all of heaven to live as a man and die on a cross. He gave everything, so that the believer can have everything.
Keeping this in mind, every believer needs to be filled with love and joy at being able to give something to any in need. The amount given does not matter, but the love and joy in the heart to be helping others out does.
No matter how little a person has, there is usually something that he can give to another in need. This is a portrayal of what Jesus has already given and can be a tool to share His love and be His witness.
When you see someone in need, what is your first reaction? Do you want to send them to someone else? Or do you provide what you can with a generous heart?
Pass on what God has given you. The material things you have are only temporary and need to be used to build His kingdom. Be willing to part with material things in order to show His love and meet the needs of others. God will, in turn, meet all of your needs generously.
You can never out give what God can provide.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has given you; that you will know God’s love for others; that you will see God’s provision for your life; and you will find God’s joy in giving to meet the needs of others.