Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-6
Can you imagine the impact Christ’s church could have on this world if we who
claim to know Him gave generously? Or gave at all?
I remember hearing (or reading) somewhere that if each evangelical Christian
gave just one percent of his or her income, clean water and adequate food could
be provided for each and every person on earth. Poverty could be eliminated.
Education could be more readily available.
The early church was made up of givers, of people who cared for others … and
did something about it. From the beginning, “they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing
them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:45). They cared for the
“least of these” as Jesus had taught (see Acts 4:32-37; 6:1-6).
The church at Corinth certainly understood the importance of generous giving,
and “they gave of their own accord …” They gave “beyond their ability.” They
saw giving as a privilege, not a burden. They experienced the joy that comes
from being “cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
So many of us have been blessed abundantly. We have homes and cars and gadgets.
We have the latest and greatest technology. We’ve made storage facilities a
booming business because we don’t have enough room in our homes to hoard our
And yet with our abundance, we so often neglect those in need. We don’t give
generously. Often, we don’t give anything. Whatever you believe about the
theology of giving, could you—should you—be giving more? To anyone?