Lack was an Incentive to Give
THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Topic: Lack was an Incentive to Give
2 Corinthians 8:1-10; Philippians 4:10-23
2 Corinthians 9:7-8
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
The Macedonian believers gave liberally in spite of their deep poverty. They did not use poverty as an excuse not to give. Poverty is a catalyst for giving. The way to financial increase is sometimes to make yourself poorer by giving what you have.
Seeds germinate as plants only when they appear to die in the ground (John 12:24-25). The seed loses some of its parts underneath the earth and afterwards a seedling shows up – it gives something away and assumes a new appearance. Those who are poor have nothing to lose by giving. They are too poor not to give because what they have is not enough to solve their problems even if they don’t give it away.
The principle of losing things to gain them applies even to spiritual things. We gain “spiritual and righteous life” by giving up “soulish and sinful life”. Those who hate their lives – by giving up their self-gratification – keep them unto eternal life but those who love their lives – by satisfying their lusts – lose them.
Pray for the grace and capacity to be a giver who gives even when times appear not to be favourable.
“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba
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