That for Which We Stand
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, And not according to what he does not have.
2nd Corinthians 8:12
I recently found myself quoting a phrase that has been an anthem for me. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” One of the areas of my life that was revealed to me was the lack of resolve I had. I was a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Then came this idea of standing firm or being steadfast, Paul says in his previous letter to the church of Corinth “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong”. This of course has to be tempered so we don’t become stubborn and unable to be taught.
The 8th chapter of 2nd Corinthians is a reminder to the church to live up to the commitment they made to contribute financially to the believers in need. It seems as though their faith has been weakened by the deceitfulness that they were either being taken advantage of or they were being asked to give what they didn’t have.
We sometimes can be led by fears of trusting God even when it comes to fulfilling a commitment we’ve made. Two things, don’t over commit or be hasty to follow your good intentions. I have come to find out that prayerfully considering making a commitment is wise.
Second, if you’ve committed to do something and it is within your means, then do it. We are memorizing a verse from Hebrews 12:1,2, the verse tells us that “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”. Paul uses the example of the churches of Macedonia and their faithful giving. This example is from a church that although they we known to have little they gave much. Paul says “I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others” (8:8), and so we see a challenge.
We all know the verse “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver”, it comes in the next chapter. By no means is this a “guilt thing”, like Pastor John says, “If you are giving begrudgingly than don’t give”. Giving, for some of us is something that God wants to work in us. I think it starts with being thankful for what we have. If you can say in your heart, “I give because He first gave me”, than AMEN! If not, then ask God to give you a grateful, giving heart. If you’ve been redeemed and have a willing mind, then let us give by “That for Which We Stand”. – Rob is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger, serves on the full-time Keswick staff and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This: Corporate worship is designed to instill vertical hope where horizontal hope has been dashed. Paul Tripp
Verses to Memorize: “But wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18