2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
WHAT I HAVE SEEN:
Paul here is talking about the church and giving. He makes a comment in 2 Cor. 8:5 that is pivotal to joyous giving. He says, “They did, not as we hoped,” which is to say, they did more than we hoped for.
So, what was the reason for their joyful abundant giving? Paul tells us; “but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” Their dedication to the Lord was already there. Now they are dedicating themselves to the work of the Lord. They understood, that not only did they have the Lord, but the Lord also had all of them. They were all in. Everything they had. Their time, talents, and treasures also belong to Him, and were glad to have something to give back.
WHAT WILL YOU DO:
Are you able to gladly give to Him?
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