vv 3-4 I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
Just in case we get round to thinking that sharing and giving are tough acts of self-denial, it is worth noting that the believers in Macedonia thought of it as a privilege! Theirs was giving through tough times. ‘They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.’
Reflect on the quality of their generous giving.
They gave away more than they could really afford.
They gave of their own free will, not under some form of coercion.
They asked – begged – again and again, to be allowed the privilege of sharing their possessions.
In both attitudes and actions they reflected a generous outlook on life.
Ponder these statements as you go through today:
Poverty is no reason or excuse for meanness.
Why should abundant joy … overflow in rich generosity.’?
Should generosity be seen – or kept secret?