But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
—2 Corinthians 8:16-24
by: Sheri Rood.
Ministries that are generous with the gospel of Jesus Christ tend to raise funds easily. Prayer and often fasting happen prior to and continue during fund-raising efforts, and the Holy Spirit prepares the hearts of the people to give generously. In addition to our local churches, there are many ministries we have opportunities to support. It is wise to pray over these requests. Give where the most souls will be reached for the Kingdom of God, where there is transparency and accountability, and where they are generous with gratitude. Rather than feeling obligated to give to everyone, be generous with those God impresses on your heart.