A Different Perspective - April 19

The Corinthians and the Macedonians 

by Berni Dymet

2 Cor. 8:1-6 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you.

The Apostle Paul, he makes me wince sometimes with his directness. 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 - he's writing to the wealthy church in Corinth. He tells them about the Macedonians who frankly were poor as church mice.

In fact, Paul's writing a fundraising letter. True - it's in the Bible, check it out for yourself. And the nub of what he's saying is this - Look at the Macedonians you wealthy Corinthians - during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. They gave voluntarily according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints.

See Paul's rubbing the wealthy and no doubt selfish Corinthian's noses in the sacrifice of the Macedonians - and then, then he goes on to challenge them to match the generosity of the Macedonians. 

Hmm. I wonder if there isn't something in there for you and for me.

YOUR FREE BOOKLET – IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE PROMISED LAND

So many things in this world promise so much … and yet, so often, they fail to deliver. God’s promises, on the other hand, never fail. Well … we know that in theory and yet, too many of those who believe in Jesus, somehow don’t quite seem to manage to lay hold of God’s promises in practice. How exactly do you live in the promises of God? Well, that’s what our latest Life Application Booklet is all about: It’s Time to Take the Promised Land.

 

 

Editors' Picks

  • How to Read & Understand the Bible in 4 Simple Steps
    How to Read & Understand the Bible in 4 Simple Steps
  • What You Need to Know about the Anglican Church
    What You Need to Know about the Anglican Church
  • 10 Valuable Reasons to Know the History of Christian Theology
    10 Valuable Reasons to Know the History of Christian Theology