2 Corinthians 8:8-15 “Our Lavishly Generous God”

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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 by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

(2 Corinthians 8:8-15 ESV)

Be stirred up to give by the earnestness of others

Be stirred up to give by the gift of Christ Himself

Be stirred up to give more than good intentions

You’ve heard “It’s the thought”? Sometimes its NOT the thought that counts. You may have good intentions, but if the thought is going to count, then actions have to speak louder than words. What you desire to do must actually be match with the doing.

– Kevin DeYoung

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first”

(Matthew 21:28-31 ESV)

Be stirred up to give in accordance with your means

Be stirred up to give on the principle of equality

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

(Galatians 6:10 ESV)

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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