Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 8-9
If we talked to people in your town and asked them what they knew of your chapel or your church, what would they tell us? Would they describe it the way the church in Macedonia is described in this passage? Wouldn’t it be exciting to be part of a church that has such a heart for giving? To be described in this way is a great honor. So many people see Christians as selfish and uncaring. How important is it to be a giving, caring church? While Paul gives five areas this churched excelled in verse seven of chapter eight, Paul also wants them to excel in their giving. Yes they excelled in faith, speech, love, knowledge and complete earnestness. But Paul also wanted giving to be on that list. It is wonderful to be a church that is known for the five qualities that Paul listed. But a church also needs to be a giving body of believers in order to be everything that God wants it to be. What words would you use to describe your church? What words would you use to describe yourself? Do you give out of your poverty with “extreme generosity” and then give even beyond your ability? In what ways can you improve in this area? How can you also help your church to improve in the area of giving? What will you give this Sunday?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?