Passing the Test

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

How we give to God is a good test of how sincerely we love him. Many people reject such a statement and they take offense at it. But Paul speaks plainly in reference to giving, “I want to test the sincerity of your love.”

The thought behind the Apostle’s challenge is that willingness to give indicates a person’s values and priorities. A man says he wants to lose weight. His sincerity is revealed in his exercise and eating habits. A woman wants a new car she cannot afford. How much she wants it is revealed by how much she is willing to give up in order to save for it.

Believers say that they love God and want to know him more. One test of their sincerity is how much they give. Is time given for prayer and devotion? Are skills and work given for advancing God’s kingdom? Is money given willingly and generously? David once said, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” Howard Hendricks put it this way, “Too many of us are looking for a bargain relationship with God a cheap deal that won’t cost us much. . . . The service that counts, however, is the service that costs.”

PRAYER

Dear Father, make me generous with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.