Verse of the day - 2 Corinthians 8:20-21

  • We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift [the money that had been given for the Christians in Jerusalem]. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
    2 Corinthians 8:20-21

    We want to be generous in helping others in need, especially those who are part of our Christian family. Generosity reflects how deeply God's loving gifts have touched our hearts. At the same time, those who lead, and especially those entrusted with the stewardship of funds given to bless others in the name of God, must carefully heed the example and call of the Apostle Paul. These leaders must be circumspect in the way they handle funds contributed by God's people for efforts to bless others in Jesus' name.

    That no one should have any occasion to say that I had appropriated it to my own use or contrary to the will of the donors. Paul felt how dangerous it was for ministers to have much to do with money matters. He had a very deep impression of the necessity of keeping his own character free from suspicion on this subject.

    He knew how easy it might be for his enemies to raise the charge that he had embezzled the funds and appropriated them to his own use. He therefore insisted on having associated with him some one who had the entire confidence of the churches, and who should be appointed by them, and thus he was certain of being forever free from blame on the subject. A most important example for all ministers in regard to the pecuniary benefactions of the churches.

    In this large amount which is contributed by the churches and committed to our disposal. Large sums of money are in our time committed to the ministers of the gospel in the execution of the objects of Christian benevolence. Nothing can be more wise than the example of Paul here, that they should have associated with them others who have the entire confidence of the churches, that there may not be occasion for slander to move her poisonous tongue against the ministers of religion.

    God, please forgive us, your people. Forgive us for not being more generous with the blessings you have entrusted to us. Forgive us for tolerating the charlatans and money grubbers who masquerade as your servants. May we, both leaders and supporters alike, be honorable and holy in the sight of all, as we use your resources to do your work, generously sharing the grace of Jesus. In the name of our Lord and Christ we pray. Amen.