2 Corinthians 8:3 – For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord.
Paul is speaking about poor saints living in Macedonia who could have made excuses not to give to other needy saints. In their heart was the desire to give of what they could. Giving is related to our ability. The amount is not the issue; a heart of generosity is what the Lord desires. In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul speaks in terms of sowing and generosity. He underscores that God gives the most and quotes David who said of the Lord, “He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 112:9).
As I have walked with the Lord, I have experienced God’s faithfulness of supply. At first, it was hard to give because I had not received a heart of generosity. As I began giving to God what was rightfully His, the Tithe, a giving heart began to grow in me. Notice that I said “grow.” Learning to give liberally is a matter of growth and maturity. Today, I do not calculate how much money will be left to meet my needs. I just give! In my giving, I do consider my responsibility to others where I have legal and moral commitments such as mortgage payments, utility bills, helping my own family, and so on. Generosity does not keep me from paying my tithes, for my heart bears witness to the scriptures about tithing. I both pay tithes and give to the needs of others because of my covenant relationship with God.
Paul helps us when he states, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). We give because He gave. We give because He is our source. We give because we are the children of God. We give generously because our Father God has been generous toward us. Generosity testifies of a growing state of maturity in Christ Jesus.
Based upon the Palmist’s statement, “He Scattered Abroad, He Gave To The Poor, His Righteousness Endures Forever” (2 Corinthians 9:9), Paul lays a foundation of faith for the Corinthian believers when he says, “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgivings to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10).
Father, I pray for a heart of generosity. I thank You that all my needs have been supplied in Christ the Lord. Help me to receive Your supply of resources so not only my needs are met, but I may freely give to others in their need.