2 Corinthians 8:8-9 NIV 2011
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Paul wrote his second letter to the church in Corinth to encourage unity. He wasn’t commanding but rather encouraging them to give selflessly. Charity comes from a heart attitude of selfless giving like the faithful in Macedonia. Paul reminded them of the sacrifice made by Jesus at the cross. Romans 3:24, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Jesus came freely into the world. Christ’s sacrificial death was God’s generous gift of grace given to sinners. Giving generously is the gift believers may return to God.
We can never out give God. That is an undeniable fact! But there are times when I try to give more than I’ve given in the past. Having discovered there are other ways to give beyond financial contributions has been liberating. Volunteering at the church, serving in BSF, lending a helping hand when I can where I can are all ways of giving generously. Examining daily the gift Christ gave for sinners like me, how could I not daily give generously to our Great God?
What ways are we giving generously to Him?