“…their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” 2 Corinthians 8:2
Paul urges the new believers in Corinth to understand that in their freedom, God will be with them. He reminds them that the Christian community in Macedonia has responded generously out of extreme poverty. Elsewhere, Paul reminds the Corinthians that God loves a person who gives with joy, and that God is able to bless them abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that they need, they will abound in every good work (2 Cor. 9:7-8)
Our giving can become selective, inconsistent, impulsive, and begrudging. We are often moved with compassion following a disaster, a sense of duty when the church roof needs to be replaced, or feelings of obligation when an appeal is made for Christmas and Easter offerings.
Paul invites hearers to give joyfully and generously. God will make it possible for all to overflow in generosity, whether that means giving two coins or an amount never before considered possible.
Questions for Reflection
What habits have you developed in your giving? How can you further develop your giving as a faithful practice in Christian discipleship?
What personal story would you most like to tell others about where you have found joy in giving?