Friday, November 12, 2010

Overflowing with thanksgiving

Through the Bible in 90 Days: Day 82

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:1-16:24; 2 Corinthians; Galatians 1:1-3:25

Verse that stood out:
This 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 - 1 Corinthians 9:12

I've always found Paul's instructions to the Corinthians concerning generosity encouraging. There's a little arm twisting, but not much. Mainly, there is an open invitation to give generously as a way towards joy. You aren't to give until it hurts so much as you are to give until it results in true joy, yours and everyone else's. Paul concludes the section by encouraging that Corinthians that as a result of their gifts, others are praising God. Anyone whose ever been a part of a project that brings much needed resources to a people in need knows what this is like. To see people rejoice over the simplest of gifts, a shoebox filled with toys, a water well, a hot meal, it reminds us that far from being an obligation, giving is a privilege.

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