Daily Reflection October 23, 2016

2 Corinthians 9:5-7 To make sure there will be no slip-up, I’ve recruited these brothers as an advance team to get you and your promised offering all ready before I get there. I want you to have all the time you need to make this offering in your own way. I don’t want anything forced or hurried at the last minute. Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

Recovery is strong on advocating that people in recovery should help people who are still struggling. We are called to share our experience, strength and hope with others, preferably people who are going through issues that we have overcome with God’s help.

The Biblical principle of giving is the practical of showing God’s interaction in our lives and expression of our caring concern for those who are still suffering. There is a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous “to keep it you have to give it away.” Through helping each other we can develop resistance to relapse, grow stronger in our faith and remain steadfast in becoming all God is calling us to be and doing all He is calling us to do.

Luke 6:38 “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back–given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

1 Timothy 2:5-6 There’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us–Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. 

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The 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. This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.

Prayer: In asking You to give me much Lord, I realize I have
a lot to give. Make me willing to give what I can, where and when I can.

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