2 Corinthians 8:1-3 — 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability (NIV).
Are you walking through a severe trial today? Have circumstances robbed you of your joy? Perhaps your finances have taken a hit. You may be in great need today, but I want you to be encouraged by the above testimony. God’s grace gives you the ability to do what you cannot do in your own strength.
Extreme difficulty often causes people to become selfish, but I believe it’s God’s desire for us to be a blessing to others during the times we feel we need to be blessed. This may seem like an impossibility, but please listen to me.
Paul testified that the Macedonian churches had fallen on hard times. In fact, he recorded that they faced the most severe trial and their finances had bottomed out. They had every reason to feel sorry for themselves, but they didn’t. Rather than sulk and beg for help, the Macedonians gave as much as they were able.
How were they able to do this? Scripture says they had overflowing joy. One of the first things to go at the sign of trouble is joy. If your joy is depleted, so is your strength. When your strength is gone, it’s easy to become selfish. Selfish people hoard their time, money and resources. I exhort you today: Do not forfeit your joy no matter how dreadful your life may seem!
Watch this. Not only did they give what they were able to, but they even gave beyond their ability. How? God’s grace. It’s only by His grace that you can give of yourself when you have nothing left to give. Receive more grace today. I encourage you to be a blessing, even if you are in desperate need yourself.
John 1:16 — From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another (NIV).
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