Excel

2 Corinthians 8:1-7       

In this passage of scripture, Paul used the churches of Macedonia as an example.  “Their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.  For they gave according to their means…and beyond their means, of their own accord.”  Each one of them had “decided in his heart” what to give.”

They gave above and beyond what Paul had expected them to give.  We are to exceed the ordinary, go above and beyond what was expected just as the Macedonia Christians had done.  James 2:14-26 makes it very clear the “faith without works is dead.”  Although verses like Ephesians 2:8 makes it clear that we are saved by grace through faith and grace is the “gift of God,” our works are the evidence of our faith.  Grace is a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ.

We excel in this grace of giving by obeying the command Jesus gave His disciples in
John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”  How are we to love one another?  By showing grace to one another and blessing one another with a willingness to give money, help, or time freely.    When we excel in this grace of giving what happens?  “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  We must be like the Macedonian Christians who gave beyond what was expected of them.

 

Today in Prayer

Mark 12:41-44; Hebrews 10:24-25 

  • Pray that God reveals to you a talent that can be used to help others.
  • Are you currently using that talent to further His Kingdom or your own?
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts you, when you begin to make a conscious choice to not bless others with your talent.

“If others don’t use their gifts, you get cheated,  and if you don’t use your gifts, they get cheated.” – Rick Warren

 

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