August 1, Reading 3 – 2 Corinthians 8

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SAA Notes

Generosity is an attribute that we gradually lose, as we possess more of this world’s goods. The Macedonian churches will always be a challenge to us of rich generosity in a time of most severe trial, extreme poverty, but overflowing joy. Joy is the key to generosity!

SJA Notes

“… But they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”

There is good order here, and a good encouragement to us (and exhortation too).

We need to get the order right!

First to the Lord. Then to good works.

Our works do not (and should not) define us.

It is the Lord that matters, as Paul has pointed to again and again in these two letters – He is the center, the foundation, the pivot and crux.

When we give ourselves to the Lord, He will direct our hearts towards the good works that He has prepared for us beforehand.

This is a good and wonderful thing!

* Dear Lord God,

Please help us to remember the order, that You are first.

Please help us to put You first in our lives, shown in how we think, speak and act.

Please make us more like Jesus each day.

Amen.

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