2 Corinthians 8:4-5
They urgently begged us for the privilege of sharing in this service for the saints. They even exceeded our expectations, because they gave themselves to the Lord first and to us, consistent with God’s will.
We conclude our study of the portrait of a generous church by noting three vital traits. Firstly, a generous church is eager to give. Such believers don’t have to be cranked into action. They don’t take no for an answer as far as charity is concerned. They insist on participating. They do not look for ways to avoid involvement in this precious ministry. Neither should we.
Secondly, generous believers consider it a privilege to give. To them, giving is not a burden, an unavoidable chore or bitter medicine! Rather, it is a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud in the Lord. It is an honour. That’s how we should view the ministry of giving, beloved. Redeemed givers understand that when we give we are not doing someone else a favour. Instead, we know that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). It’s an honour to partake in the rewards God reserves for all Kingdom sowers.
Thirdly, generous Christians exceed expectations in their service to God. This is quite different from merely living up to set standards and certainly very different from under-performing. Sadly, many believers today struggle to simply comply with basics. That is not your portion! Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might (Ecc. 9:10). Let us develop the habit of exceeding expectations and an attitude of excellence. Don’t settle for average. Rise above and go beyond normal limits.