2 Corinthians 8:20-21
“avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us— providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
The congregants of Macedonia were very generous in giving lavish gifts & large contribution to the church. Apostle Paul applauded them for their sincerity in service & diligence in charitable deeds; required in the works of ministry, reminding them to hold fast love. However, he presented a caution against accounting for all submitted resources & giving gifts to be seen by men but encouraged giving for the glory of God. Jesus reminds us that when we administer charitable deeds to be seen by men; we have no reward from the Father. But when giving alms, the left hand should not know what the right hand is doing; so that these private acts may be rewarded openly (Mat 6:1-4). We are also reminded that Christ was generous in sacrifice, for He was rich yet for our sake He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich & abound in everything; in grace, faith, speech, knowledge, diligence & in love.
Thank You Jesus for Your mercies & grace upon our lives. Thank You Jesus for all the generous gifts that You have always given us & for Your sacrifice on the cross for us all; for when You were rich; You became poor so that we may become rich & abound in love, faith, speech, knowledge, grace & all diligence. All glory, honour, wisdom, riches, strength & praise belongs to You Lord. Enlighten our hearts Father so that we may always exercise humility in service, alms giving & administer gifts to the church; for the glory of Your name Lord. Remember merciful Father; all the homeless, hopeless, jobless, street children, orphans, widows & all those who are sick & suffering, that You may deliver them from all their struggles. Bless us all Lord indeed & expand our territories in all spheres of our lives; for Your grace is sufficient for us all. Amen
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