Today’s Inspiration: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” II Corinthians 9:15 NKJV. The greatest gift of all is the grace in giving. For what do you sow in life, you reap in time, resources and relationships. The early Corinthian church wasn’t rich and in fact they faced extreme poverty but their hearts were so rich and blessed by the Holy Spirit that they gave beyond their ability. 2 Corinthians 8:3. Despite Paul knowing their hardship, they exceeded all expectations in generosity because they found the privilege of serving God’s people. Faith has the power to break the fear of lack. They gave no through obligation but with a willing heart which pleases God by faith. 2 Corinthians 8:12. Strangely my father used to tell me the Church is not built by rich people but by poor people.
Jesus observed the offerings and spoke about the widow’s mite to his disciples. Mark 12:43-44. You can be rich monetary but poor in the heart. Why do you think one can spend thousands on apparels, expensive meals or vacation in the world but can’t sow for Mission, Tithes or Offerings to God? Our late Rev Alicia taught us that God multiplies our offerings more than our tithes, because He watches the measure of our faith. Romans 12:3. This was the faith of the Macedonia Churches. Learning to love is also learning about generosity. Are you generous to your parents, spouse and children? Or even to your neighbours? Apostle Paul taught,” He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” II Corinthians 9:6-8.
Prayer: O Lord my God, thank you for your indescribable gift of love, mercy and grace who gave us your only begotten son Jesus Christ who died for our sins at the Cross of Calvary and blessed us with a new resurrected life through your blood and Holy Spirit. Let us be sensitive, willing, and enthusiastic to excel in the grace of giving like the Macedonians that we can be rich in our spirit, soul and body, in Jesus' Name, Amen.