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Saturday, October 6, 2018

As Much As We Are Able

October 6

(2 Corinthians 8:1-7 NIV) “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. {2} Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. {3} For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, {4} they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. {5} 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. {6} So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. {7} 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.”

It’s been said that if you want to know a person's true priorities, there are two places you can look: their datebook and their checkbook. For the Christian, these two little books reveal how seriously we take God’s big book. How we spend our time speaks volumes about the true priorities of our heart. Where our money goes reveals what we truly love and care about. So what do your datebook and your checkbook say about your devotion to God and your relationship with Jesus? Believers are called to excel in giving and generosity. We should give as much as we are able and even go beyond our ability, for that allows God to receive the glory. The truly generous person can often be found pleading for the opportunity to give. How long has it been since anyone in your church begged for the offering to be taken? Become an excellent giver. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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