Monday, February 13
Why Giving and Generosity?
The Favor of Giving
1We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints —2 Corinthians 8:1–4
While writing to the Corinthians, Paul was taking up an offering for the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem; he chose not to ask the Macedonians because he knew they were living in extreme poverty and were experiencing suffering. And yet, under their own initiative, motivated by love for God and others, they pleaded with Paul for the opportunity to give to those in need in Jerusalem. Despite having little material wealth, they desired to be a channel through which the blessings of God might flow. Their generosity wasn’t a reflection of their comfort but a response to God’s grace.
Father, may I be an example to my family for generations to come as someone who gave generously for Your people. I pray my actions now would inspire and encourage others to live sacrificially in their giving, joyfully in their knowledge of Your grace, and confidently in Your provision. Amen.
If applicable, talk with your children about the things you sacrifice for them and how those actions bring you joy. Discuss, as a family, ways in which sacrificing for the PROCLAIM initiative will bring you joy.
FROM PASTOR CONNOR BALES
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