The first-century church in Jerusalem was impoverished. Jews who became Christians were often ostracized. Their businesses suffered. This affected local giving and increased the number of poor. As the church grew, resources were spread thinner. As the apostle Paul traveled, he asked his congregations to aid the mother church. Some of these believers were also in financial crisis, but they pledged help for Jerusalem anyway.
From 2 Corinthians chapter 8:10, we know the Corinthian church was among those that agreed to send support. To inspire them to meet or exceed their goal, Paul described the Macedonians’ sacrificial giving as an example. He noted that despite being poor, that church managed to give beyond its ability. They did so with joy.
The Macedonians’ gift was liberal, compared to its resources. It was like the widow whom Jesus praised for giving her last coins to the temple treasury in Mark chapter 12:43. The congregation trusted God to provide the gift and to continue meeting their needs. Modern believers have much to learn from the Macedonians’ example. The amount we donate towards God’s work is less important than our feelings about giving.
Beloved, generosity is a quality of the heart. It’s an attitude that grows out of a believer’s thankfulness for the Lord’s spiritual and material provisions. God wants us to be givers because the act of charity spiritually enriches the benefactor. The Lord will pour blessings upon a generous heart, according to His promise in Luke 6:38. The verse says “By your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
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