Brothers and sisters, we want to let you know about the grace of God that was given to the churches of Macedonia. While they were being tested by many problems, their extra amount of happiness and their extreme poverty resulted in a surplus of rich generosity. I assure you that they gave what they could afford and even more than they could afford, and they did it voluntarily. They urgently begged us for the privilege of sharing in this service for the saints. They even exceeded our expectations, because they gave themselves to the Lord first and to us, consistent with God’s will. As a result, we challenged Titus to finish this work of grace with you the way he had started it. Be the best in this work of grace in the same way that you are the best in everything, such as faith, speech, knowledge, total commitment, and the love we inspired in you. (2 Corinthians 8:1-7, CEB)
I read this and I know that Paul is telling the Corinthians and us that we should give beyond our means. However, telling them and us about someone who gave more than expected may not be the way to do it.
Usually when I hear that someone else gave a lot of money that doesn’t motivate me to give. I honestly don’t know why.
But Paul here, I believe, is trying to get the Corinthians to give more than they think they can because God has given them what they need and will supply for those needs always.
When we share what we have been given it helps those to who we gave and it is a space for refilling, so it helps us too.
So give generously. Know you will always be refilled.
Loving People. Loving God.