Bible: 2 Corinthians 8:1-12
Completing the Collection for the Saints
8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, 1 the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 8:2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth 2 of their generosity. 8:3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 3 8:4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping 4 the saints. 8:5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 8:6 Thus 5 we urged 6 Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, 7 so also he should complete this act of kindness 8 for you. 8:7 But as you excel 9 in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you 10 – make sure that you excel 11 in this act of kindness 12 too. 8:8 I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. 13 8:9 For you know the grace 14 of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich. 8:10 So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you 15 made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, 8:11 to finish what you started, 16 so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, 17 you can also complete it 18 according to your means. 19 8:12 For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself 20 is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.