May 9, 2023

Eager to Give

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“They gave voluntarily, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints … not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.”—2 Corinthians 8:3–5 NASB

Imagine a group of Christians so eager to support the Gospel that they begged to have the opportunity to give! That was the testimony of the churches of Macedonia.

Others might have focused on themselves and thought first about their own interests. They faced many trials and “a great ordeal of affliction” (v. 2). Yet these Macedonians were consumed with the love of God, so committed to His Kingdom that they couldn’t wait to give!

They were so generous that they exceeded what might have been expected. They gave in abundance, even “beyond their ability.”

What was so special was that their giving was completely voluntary. They were so generous that even Paul seemed surprised. He was blessed and encouraged.

What had been their motive? Paul described how they were dedicated to the Lord, and He was the most important thing in their lives. They did not hold back. They committed their entire lives to Him and were willing to trust Him for everything.

Today, let the example of these Macedonians inspire you. Don’t be a reluctant giver or let the problems of this world keep you from investing your resources in God’s Kingdom. Don’t be stingy or give reluctantly, but be generous. Give an abundance of your time, talents, and treasures. Be so eager that you seek every opportunity to give, remembering that God “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Reflection Question: What can you tangibly give this week to support the work of missionaries?

Father, give me an eagerness to support the work of Your Kingdom. I dedicate my life to You. Use me to save souls! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 8