Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. When I come, I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems appropriate for me to go along, they can travel with me.
Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind as a special offering to the Lord. All those who owned the following items willingly brought them: blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; and tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather. And all who had silver and bronze objects gave them as a sacred offering to the Lord.
The Apostle Paul had a tough job trying to pastor churches all across the Roman Empire. Maybe his biggest challenge was found in Corinth. This small group of believers seemed to take everything to the extreme; from spiritual gifts, to how they tended to mistreat people both inside and outside of the church.
In response, Paul wrote one of the greatest descriptions of what true love looks like in the thirteenth chapter of the book. In fact, in this “love chapter,” he includes every topic that he needed to “discipline and correct” the Corinthians, but in a very positive way.
In chapter 16, Paul takes a big risk by challenging the church to collect a generous ‘love offering’ for the Christians in Jerusalem who were suffering persecution from both their Jewish brothers and the Romans.
How do you respond when you are asked to give sacrificially to people that you don’t even know? Do you think about how God has loved and blessed you, or do you tend to get defensive? Ask God to help you find the joy in becoming a “cheerful giver.”
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