2 Corinthians 8; 2 Kings 20-21; Nahum 2
The gospel has always found a home among those living in poverty. Many who are rich seem to think that they have it all and need nothing. Those living in poverty recognize the hope that they have in Jesus. This was especially true in the beginning of the church when following Christ could mean loss of prestige and position. Many of those, even though they themselves were living in poverty, were willing to share out of their poverty with others in need. Paul, while seeking to inspire the Corinthian Church to support God’s work, talked about the Macedonian Church and their desire to give of themselves for the work of God: “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4) The Macedonians were so poor that they were afraid that Paul wouldn’t accept the gift given. Giving to support the work of God and ministering to the saints, fellow Christians is ingrained in true discipleship. It happens because we realize that God’s work is so important that we must find a way to spread the Gospel and take care of those among us in need. Very few of the early Christians would recognize a gospel of “health and wealth.” They recognized a gospel where God gave His only Son to reconcile the world to Him and that anything that they gave to spread that message was a joy and a privilege. The gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t about accumulating and storing in barns; it’s about sowing seed and spreading the good news.
Dear Lord, remind me that life is about You. Give me a desire to spread Your message of reconciliation with the world in all that I do. Keep me from loving things so much that I value them above people that You died for.