Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 10:1‐12:14, 2 Corinthians 8:1‐15, Psalm 49:1‐20, Proverbs 22:20‐21
2 Corinthians 8:4 – …begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints
Context: Paul is sharing how the church in Macedonia overflowed with generosity and gave financially beyond their means to the ministry of the gospel.
- They were begging earnestly for the opportunity to give
- For the favor (charis – grace or thanks) of taking part in the relief of the saints
I have had times in my life where giving was an overflow of worship and thanks to God. Yet, I don’t remember ever begging someone earnestly to let me give to the gospel ministry through them.
Apply: I want to pray for this kind of heart. Not just willingly, but earnestly pursuing opportunities to give financially to the spread of the gospel.
What motivates this kind of generosity?