I admire those women who are always reaching out to other people and meeting whatever needs they may have, bringing hope wherever they go. I wish I could be more like them. Instead I find myself often focusing inward and asking, “What do I need?” I want to be more generous with all that I have to offer.
In Second Corinthians chapter 8, Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be more like the Macedonians who, though poor, had given all that they could to support the church in Jerusalem. He is asking them to demonstrate the “grace of giving” (emphasis mine). He also refers them to the example of Christ giving His life for us so that we might be saved. Verse 9 says “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” There is no greater example than this. If I want to imitate Christ in my life, I need to be more generous. Christ gave His life for me, surely I can also strive to give what I have to others. Nothing I could ever offer up would ever be as great as the sacrifice that Christ made for me.
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