Chapter-a-Day 2 Corinthians 8

HundredsThe pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. 2 Corinthians 8:3-4 (TM)

When I was in high school, my parents went through some extremely difficult times financially. I was the last of the four children still at home and my sister was in college. I will never forget the afternoon I sat at the counter drinking my after school soda as mom opened the mail. I looked up from my Coca-cola to see tears steaming down my mother’s face, her hand over her mouth.

My sister needed money for an upcoming college event and my parents didn’t have it. My folks did not have the money, nor did they have any idea how they were going to get it. They had not said a word to anyone, but chose to pray for God to provide the amount, which was in the hundreds of dollars.

In the envelope my mother had opened that day was the exact amount of cash needed for my sister’s trip and a small note that read, "In Jesus name."

To this day I don’t know who sent that pure and generous gift. I was there. I saw it for myself. That day became a life-long lesson. Not only did I learn that God can and will provide, but I also learned that I want to give that kind of blessing to others.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day 2 Corinthians 8”

  1. Ohhhhh, THAT’S what that bulls-eye is doing on my back!! I’m right there with you (and your brother) Kev.
    As always, thanks for sharing. It’s a priviledge sharing the journey with you.

  2. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit.
    A good friend who is a pastor and I were talking the other day. We both are going through a difficult time in our ministry. Our physical being is taking a toll and emotionally our tanks are low. Just spending time with people who love me has begun to refill my tank. One of the lessons from going through this has been the realization that this might be a small taste of the suffering Scripture speaks about. While I don’t feel that I have been pushed to the limit as the verse states, I have often wondered (especially in my younger years) what it felt like to suffer for Christ. I have had a pretty good life (thanks mom and dad)and never really felt that I had to suffer for Christ. I commented the other day about my frustration with trying hard to serve and personal relationships being under attack by the devil. My older brother warned me of this. He said to me, “You realize that serving God in this way with your spouse puts a large bulls-eye on your back don’t you?” I told him that I understood that, but I don’t think I really did. I have grown alot this year, and as I refuel for another year ahead, I pray that God will stretch me even more.

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