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Something to Give

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul tells the Corinthians that despite extreme poverty in Macedonia, the church showed overwhelming compassion for the Christians in Jerusalem. He stressed that their overflowing joy caused them to give generously. The church of Macedonia regarded giving as a “privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people” (2 Corinthians 8:4).

We can share in the privilege of giving, even if we feel like we have nothing to give. Paul continues in 2 Corinthians 8:12-13: “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.” The gift Paul refers to is not limited to money but includes service.

The holiday season is an excellent time to start serving with an organization that helps the hungry and homeless. While we stress about selecting the perfect gift or preparing the perfect meal, many are devastated by the inability to provide a gift or a meal at all. But  hunger, homelessness and poverty don’t only exist during the holiday season. Maybe your next step is to share your gift year round. By giving of ourselves, we receive the greatest gift of all: a heart like Jesus.

Reflect:

  • What is one example of how giving is a privilege?
  • What is God calling you to give this Christmas season?
  • What's your next step when it comes to giving? Is it tithing? Giving an offering? What can you do this week to take your next step?

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