Simplest Expressions

2 Corinthians 8:1-7

1 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2 for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4 begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 5 and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6 so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.”  NRSV

Please read verses 2-4 over and over again until the true picture of what is going on here emerges. While facing a “severe ordeal of affliction” resulting in a time of “extreme poverty,” the Macedonian churches did what? They let meeting the needs of others, in more desperate straits than themselves, be the rope of faith that pulled them up out of their own misery. The result? “abundant joy!” and “a wealth of generosity” that “went beyond their means!”

At the time of their greatest need they did what the old hymn tells us to do, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

Will we ever learn that the power of faith is found in its simplest expressions?

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