Text: 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
”For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack”.
The Apostle Paul instructed our first known stewardship consultant, Titus, to lead the Corinthian church in giving a campaign for the poverty-stricken believers in Jerusalem. Using the example of the Macedonian Christians, these members of the Corinthian church were challenged to give joyfully and intentionally. In verses 10 thru 15 Paul challenges them to act on their plans. Four principles of giving emerge here:
(1) Your willingness to give cheerfully is more important than the amount you give;
(2) You should strive to fulfill your financial commitments; (3) If you give to others in need, they will, in turn, help you when you are in need &
(4) You should give as a response to Christ, not for anything you can get out of it.
How you give reflects your devotion to Christ. Therefore, let us be generous, cheerful givers...each person bearing their load...