From Agony to Eagerness - Part 2

Opening Prayer

Dear Father, please show me how to walk in your way. I want to be all in for your purpose, a humble servant ready and willing to pursue your unfinished mission. Amen.

 

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:2

“for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them.” (English Standard Version)

 

Reflect:

Who, in your life, is that person who is ready at a moment’s notice to meet the needs of others? We all know someone like that. They hardly stop to catch a breath when hearing about a gap then can fill…they just step in and make it happen. It could be generosity with their time, it could be generosity of sharing their knowledge or skill, or it could be generosity of finances. Their example inspires us, humbles us, and often spurs us on to our own sacrifice.

In this passage, Paul is talking up the Corinthians and, back in chapter 8, the Macedonians. Their actions of generosity were spurring on others to good deeds. Their passion for others was being spread and lighting fires in others to do the same.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 says, “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” Our generous giving raises up thanksgiving among the people of God.

 

Apply:

How does your abundant generosity overflow to those around you, igniting in them the desire to do the same? It’s not a puffed up, patting your own back, taking credit kind of focus but, rather, letting your actions speak of God’s goodness, His provision, and your overwhelming gratefulness for all He’s done in your life. We can never repay the sacrifice of Jesus that was given on our behalf, but we can continually offer back to God the resources, knowledge, gifts, talents, and finances He’s lavished on us. People are watching for our example. Imagine what the collective efforts of God’s church could do if we inspired each brother and sister around us to step out in faithful generosity in every way. 

 

Closing Prayer:

Lord, I thank you for your overwhelming goodness to me. I would ask that you take my offerings and my sacrifices to build your kingdom, and that others would be spurred on to do the same. Help me to be humble and to inspire people at the same time. I love you! Amen.

Terry Schneider