How often do we get excited and passionate about a vision, idea, or project but then quickly lose interest and forget about the whole thing? Or, how many times do you commit yourself to something but then after more thought back out?
I’ve been there, done that. There have been projects and ideas that I’ve been so excited about but then never bring them to fruition. Life happens. We get busy. And before we know it, we never finished that great idea or fulfilled all our commitments.
Giving is our topic this week. We’ve already looked at what it means to give, and to give generously. Now it’s time to look at the greatest Gift ever given and the One who bestowed this blessing upon us. It’s time to look at Jesus’ mind-blowing gift to us.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
~II Corinthians 8:9
Giving. It can be a sensitive topic and not one people like to bring up. However, as we’ll learn in chapter eight, giving is an important part of the Christian life. Through it, we show love, care, and concern for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and by it, we prove our genuineness of faith. As the Apostle James warned, faith without actions is dead (James 2), and giving is one of the actions we can do that show our faith. So let’s see what Paul has to say about giving in his letter to the wealthy Corinthians.