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Daily reading: 13 December

Excel in generosity.

Something to read

...and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us.

- 2 Corinthians 8:5 (from full reading 2 Corinthians 8:1-15).

Something to think about

Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth is full of encouragement, challenge and a call for the church to be a witness to the love and compassion of Christ. In chapters eight and nine, he encourages the church to think about how she uses her physical and other resources to bless those around her, especially those in poverty.

He praises the Corinthian church – “you excel in everything” – but challenges them to also excel in generosity. He speaks of the Macedonian church, and how they were able to be generous even in their own poverty. Crucially, they can act in this way as they have their priorities in order: they give themselves first to God, and through that seek to be His instruments in the world.

Paul’s encouragement and challenge echoes through the ages and speaks to our own lives. Are we able to give all we have, and are, to God? Are we able to discern how God would have us use the resources we have available to us?

Something to do

Spend a little time today noticing what resources you have – possessions, income, time, health, family and friends. Recommit these things to God and ask Him to show you how He would have you use them to be a blessing to others.

Something to pray

Help me appreciate what I have, help me be a blessing to others.

Today’s contributor is Andy Campbell, a former London Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid.

Published on 13 December 2020

Resource language
  • Global
Themes – Areas of work
  • Theology
Bible reference
2 Corinthians 8:1-15