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Session 14

You Have Something to Give

Read: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

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” (2 Corinthians 8:2) 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 that privilege, too, 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.

As followers of Christ we are commanded to not only give freely, but to also give with a cheerful heart.  2 Corinthians 8:7 notes, “Since you excel in so many ways-you have so much faith, such gifted speakers, such knowledge, such enthusiasm, and such love for us-now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving.”  Our heavenly Father has equipped us with the knowledge of His word and we are to apply that in the form of giving to others as well as giving back to Him.  While we are to give and help others, the amount we give is not nearly as significant as the reason behind our giving.  We are to give with a Christ-like spirit, a cheerful heart and ready hands.   

Reflect:

  • What is one way God is calling you to give to His people?
  • What is holding you back from giving of your time, talent or money?
  • If you are already giving, what is your next step?

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