Good morning! (It’s going to be warmer today!) Our verse for The Daily comes out of 2 Corinthians. In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes - among other things - about the attributes of an apostle, the suffering that the Corinthians may face and also about their promise to give to the Christians in Judea. Our text focuses on the latter. I hope that this true, living and God-given text will continue to spur you on in your dialogue with the Father and others about the gifting of both your time and your resources.
(Take time to think about, discuss or even write out your responses to these questions )
- What does “giving” look like to you?
- Do you sense the Lord confirming what you’re giving now or challenging you to do something differently?
- Is the subject of tithing your time or money something that you talk about with others? If so, is it healthy, honest and/or drawing you closer to Him? If not, why?
As you prepare to read this brief passage, ask Him to open your eyes, heart and mind to what He would have you hear, how He would have you react and with whom you might share what you’ve read.
DISCOVER [ 2 Corinthians 8:10-12]
8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 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 through his poverty might become rich. 10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.
11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
+ WHAT is this passage saying?
- Paul ends verse 7 by saying, “...see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” Grace means “the free and unmerited favor of God.” So how to grace and giving go hand in hand?
- Why does Paul want to test the sincerity of the Corinthians’ love by comparing it with the giving of others? Is that fair?
- To what currency is Paul referring to in verse 9?
- Any idea why the Corinthians hadn’t yet completely followed through on the eagerness they showed initially?
- Why does Paul write about the gifts that are “acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one doesn’t have?” How do faith and generosity come into play here?
- What part does “willingness” play in generosity? From whom does the willingness come?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How have you sinned against God and others in your lack of generosity in the past?
- What do you feel Him encouraging you to do as a result of this passage? How about as a result of this giving series?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them? Is giving something that should be discussed? Why or why not? How can we help?