Monday, March 23, 2009

2 Corinthians, chapter 9

I apologize for the lack of a Friday update. I got too busy as soon as I got to work and simply forgot to post. The theme of 2 Corinthians 9 is the same as our previous chapter. Paul talks of generosity and why giving is so important to a Christian life. Here he doesn’t specifically focus on giving monetarily, but instead he looks more at the giving of ourselves. This can be through time, service, prayer, or any of a number of ways. The purpose of giving is still the same. We are to give because Christ gave so much for us.

12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13Because 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. – 2 Corinthians 9:12-13

It is important to give with a cheerful heart lest it become an obligation. Christ did not give much to us because He had to. He gave because he wanted to. He gave freely and cheerfully and that is what He asks in return. We are it give freely and cheerfully out of thankfulness for what we have received. God does not need it. That is why it is an expression of gratitude.