they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 2nd Corinthians 8:4 NIV
A man who had been separated from his wife and kids by divorce went to live in another country. After 20 years he wanted to come back and live closer to his family. He was old enough to retire, but he found difficulties with the paperwork. He made it as far as the border town. There he waited without papers, money, or financial assistance. He parked his old service truck near a garage. For over three months he had to wait. He tried offering his mechanical services to earn enough to eat, but nobody needed him. A few kind individuals who passed by each day where he was living out of his truck, offered what little they could to help him survive. They brought the man blankets, food, and washed his clothes. When they could spare some money, they also tried to share it with him. Are we the kind of servants of God who urgently plead to share?
Today, giving has changed considerably in the way we see it. We look at our tithes and offerings more like an obligation. It hurts us a little inside to let go of what we have earned. But in the Scriptures, we see believers giving in a completely different way. They are sharing! They are glad, and even urgently pleading to share, even though they themselves are hard pressed. Could we pray today for a refined attitude of sharing too?
Teach us to have the same attitude of sharing as those we read of in the Bible. Give us Your love to share, we pray!