We’re continuing to look at Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church. He’s talking to them about money and the giving of offerings.
As I’ve said, the churches of Judea were experiencing a famine and Paul wanted the Gentile churches to help out in this time of need. He now explains a principle that we all but ignored in the modern church.
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
2 Corinthians 8:13-14
What Paul says here is that he doesn’t want one part of the body of Christ at ease and relaxed while another part is under great pressure. He wants to see an equal sharing of God’s work.
Unfortunately, we don’t see this in the church today. Actually, it’s not been seen for a very long time. In most cases, it’s every church for themselves.
Throughout the church, there are believers who could care less about the work of God. They’re about going to work and making money. They feel their part is attending church most weeks and giving a little something in the offering.
The way the world is right now, it’s time for the church to wake up. We need to get back to the priority of sharing Christ.
At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”
2 Corinthians 8:14-15
This verse says that your surplus will supply their deficit. I praise God for churches who see beyond their own four walls.
Too many ministries have taken on the structure and attitude of corporate America. American greed is at an all-time high.
The head of the company makes more money than they could spend in 10 lifetimes. While their employees have to take on multiple jobs just to survive.
It shouldn’t be that way in the church. We’re here to make Christ known. What does the world see when they look at us?
There are ministry leaders across the country with multiple homes, cars, motorcycles, and jets. At the same time, there are ministries that are struggling to survive. What message does that send to the world?
What am I trying to say? As much as it depends on us, we should be a giving people. We should also seek to be a part of a ministry with open hands. Giving is a part of the lifeblood of the church.
Question: What is your attitude toward the giving of offerings?
© 2020 Nick Zaccardi