Begging to Help
“For I testify that according to their [the churches of Macedonia’s] ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints.” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4)
In a period of history when we all have a quality of life five times better than the generations before us, there is a lot to be learned from the generosity of the Macedonian churches. They begged for the opportunity to give. Nowadays, it is often the opposite – people have to be begged to give.
There are so many opportunities to do spiritual work with our finances… help widows, support preaching in impoverished countries, save orphans and finance adoptions, meet the needs of lesser-fortunate Christians, feed and house saints, and the list goes on and on. The Macedonians ached for the chance to be a part of this kind of work, and it was a testament to their faith. Their financial giving matched their passion to give themselves to the Lord. Do we?
Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites
Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-10
Questions to ask:
- How is Paul feeling as he writes today’s passage? What is his mood?
- What are the central themes in Paul’s preaching and teaching which are being emphasized, or how are the central themes in this epistle being emphasized in today’s reading?
- How does our reading show Paul’s people skills, especially how he handles conflict?
- What in this passage would change the lives of the believer(s) being addressed? How does it make me a better disciple?
- How does this show the “good news” of the gospel? How can I share that with someone else?
This year, #Biblebites are following the life and writings of Paul. If you would like a copy of the reading schedule, you can view it here: https://eastlandchristians.org/news-events/2023-vision