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. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
—2 Corinthians 8:9-15
by: Cheri Appel.
My goal in writing devotions today was thwarted by distractions and interruptions. Finally, sitting to read the mail, I was drawn to a missionary family’s letter. Their witness brought passion to my spirit. I prayed about how I could support their faithful work. Later, reading today’s passage, Paul reminded me that to be “stirred up” and eager to give of our resources is only the first step. We must follow through, believing in His provision, not only for those receiving but also for those who are giving. What is God saying to you in these verses? How do you respond when hearing a call to support a cause for Christ?