Thursday, March 25, 2021
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:12-13
When I was growing up, my father would give us a “Living” allowance. With this we had to buy what we needed including lunches. And we had to put 10% into the offering every Sunday. Dad counted money, so he always knew if we forgot. This process did teach us how to manage our money (and mom was a soft touch if we ran out). We also learned that giving to the church wasn’t optional. Can’t say that we have all continued, but we did start out in life knowing our priorities when it came to money.
In this passage, Paul explains what obeying the “Law” of giving will do for yourself and mostly for others. Paul emphasizes the spiritual rewards for those who give generously to God’s work. Those who are helped by our giving, will praise God, and will pray for you. As you bless others you will be blessed.
Our expectations should be in helping with the needs of others and not what comes to us. Verse 13 says "Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.“
I believe that when we begin by obeying the rule or laws faithfully, eventually our work will become naturally a part of who we are. Obedience tells us what is expected of us. It reminds us what the bible requires of us.
Prayer: Lord, it doesn’t come naturally to us to welcome obedience into our lives. You make it possible for us to serve others through obedience. Amen