June 10, 2022
“For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you...”
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2 Corinthians 8
“For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality – at the present time your surplus is available for their need, so that their abundance may also become available for your need, that there may be equality.” 2 Corinthians 8:12-15
It has been said that you can determine an “optimist” from a “pessimist” by handing them half a glass of water. The pessimist says the glass is half-empty, and the optimist says it is half-full.
From the believer’s perspective, people view life in terms of “scarcity” or “abundance.”
Those with a “scarcity” mindset never have enough. They may become wealthy, but they only see what’s lacking. Their decisions are based on what they DON’T have, so they generally aren’t hopeful. They don’t feel they can afford to be.
People living with an “abundant” mindset make decisions differently. They view everything as a blessing from a gracious God with limitless resources. They can give up possessions and their time more freely because they trust that God has the ability and character to ultimately accomplish good for His children. It frees them to trust even through difficult seasons of life.
“I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.” John 10:10
In today’s chapter, Paul is distinguishing between the Macedonian believers and the ones at Corinth.
The Macedonian believers didn’t have much wealth, but they had great faith! They gave over and above what they could afford. Was that foolish? Paul didn’t think so. He said their “abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity…during a severe testing by affliction.” 2 Corinthians 8:2
The Corinthians, on the other hand, lacked nothing yet had to be exhorted to give! Though incredibly blessed, their joy was incomplete because their giving was reluctant.
Do you view life from the standpoint of “scarcity” or “abundance”? Do you make your decisions from your seat pocket or your shirt pocket? From your wallet or your heart?
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