Giving of Gifts
What are the gifts we are to share with others? How do we give? What is more valuable time, resources or something all together different?
The hardest work I have ever done in my life I received no tangible compensation. Actually, it cost me resources, a lot of resources, for the honor of doing the back-breaking, life altering work of loving others.
Have you ever built a kitchen? Have you ever built a kitchen in the woods / forest? Having built 3 different kitchens in 3 different forest I can assure you it is no easy task. The work is difficult, long and if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing it can be very unforgiving. The rewards are immeasurable. The rewards never stop coming. The “pay” could never be satisfied with scripts of paper. The rewards come at you in the form of a line of 700 people looking for nourishment. The next day they come back for more.
I have been attempting to understand what Paul is saying and it is not as clear, to me, as I would like. It doesn’t sound like Paul is describing giving of coins, but giving of ourselves, giving to those in need, not coins, but the love and hope of Jesus Christ through our ministry to others. We are to be on mission all the time.
II Corinthians 8 NKJV
1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,
4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well.
7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.