2 Corinthians 8:4 – Are you begging to give?

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.

Observations:

  • 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?

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