Giving With a Sense of Gratitude By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Topic: Giving With a Sense of Gratitude
2 Corinthians 8:1-10; Acts 16:1-10
2 Corinthians 8:2
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
The Philippians were poor to the point of death and yet gave to others. They responded to the apostle Paul’s demands because they had a sense of gratitude towards God. They were thankful to God that they were beneficiaries of the Gospel of grace. The apostle Paul sent the Gospel to them at the expense of other parts of the world.
The Macedonians appreciated the fact that the Holy Ghost bypassed others and led Saint Paul to bring the Gospel to them (Acts 16:6-10). The Holy Ghost forbad him to preach the Word in Asia. When he attempted to go to Bithynia he was stopped. Having been blocked from going to these places, a man from Macedonia appeared to him in a revelation and directed him to go to Macedonia.
The Macedonian believers must have remembered that they were the beneficiaries of God’s grace at the expense of others. We are likewise beneficiaries of God’s generosity. Any work of ministry, spiritual gifts, family, business or opportunities we have could have gone to others but God elected us to receive them by grace. In times of misfortune people often scream, “why me?” The same thing should be applied to the blessings God gives us – “why me?” The Macedonian believers knew that God could have led the apostle Paul with his team to go anywhere, but He sent him to them.
Pray and thank God for the many blessings He has lavished on you.
“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba
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