Day 21 — Saturday, March 25th
Title: The Favor of Giving to the Needy
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:3–4
“They [the Christians living in the region of Macedonia] gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints.”
Main Idea: One counterintuitive way that God shows us favor is to give us the opportunity to give to others in need. This is a blessing, not a burden.
For Hungry Readers: The apostle Paul was traveling to various cities receiving donations to help Christians in need in Jerusalem. Here he describes how one church responded to that invitation.
When we think about God’s favor toward us, there is a tendency to focus on the good things that happen to us. That is natural because that is at the heart of what God’s favor means, but this verse shows us there is much more. God is doing us a favor when he invites us to give to others in need. He is inviting us to be like him, for he shows compassion to others. He is allowing us to sacrifice for others, for he sacrificed for us. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
There is inherent, divine blessing and favor in giving as God leads. To practice generosity is to live and increase in God’s favor.
Faith Declarations: I will be generous, for I want to increase in God’s favor. I welcome the favor of giving.