Thursday, November 26: That you may be ready, as I said you would be

Read 2 Corinthians 9:1-5

Read 2 Corinthians 9:1-5

There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord's people. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Reflect

No church is perfect, and Paul was concerned that these Christians had lost the passion and enthusiasm that had inspired their initial generosity. Although their actions had impacted and motivated other Christians, over time they had themselves grown lax in their own sense of commitment. They needed to be reminded of what really mattered before it was too late.

Respond

What things can short-circuit our sense of mission and rob us of our joy? If there is some aspect of your own faith life that has grown cold, ask God to rekindle the flame.

 

 

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