19.10.08

God's economy

I wanted to take my family to meet fellow students and see one of my Church hops so I thought that the most family-friendly would be Trent Vineyard so off we went this morning. My husband was really reached by the sermon - which is what I had been praying for the week before.

My husband most connects with God who is 'Lord of Heaven and Earth - 'God of wonders beyond our Galaxy' - the universe declaring God's majesty' - my husband is fascinated by all things 'outer space' and all things technological - he is a computer programmer.

I will write up this week what I remember from the sermon on this part of scripture.

Grace and giving
And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will. So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

God's economy has nothing to do with amounts and everything to do with our hearts.

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