Privileged to Give

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

Acquiring money is a favorite topic of talk. Less popular are the conversations about giving it away. Even Christians must be nudged regularly toward generosity. In the next two chapters, Paul addresses Christian stewardship.

He begins by pointing to the churches in Macedonia. Out of their poverty they gave beyond their ability. In other words, these were not rich Christians giving big money. No, they were poor Christians giving sacrificially. The Macedonians did not wait to give until they had extra. They gave when they themselves were in need.

These believers gave with the right attitude. They pleaded for the privilege of sharing! No drudgery here. No reluctance with the wallet. Truly thankful people always desire greater ways to express their gratitude. Giving is one such way. It shows thanks to God with more than words.

Most importantly, before the Macedonians gave money, they gave of themselves to God. This is the right order. Christian stewardship is not unbelievers throwing a little money at God to keep him happy. Rather, it is the genuine expression of hearts already rich by the precious gift of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

Father, as we give ourselves to you, help us to give freely of our whole lives to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.