- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Corinthians 8
Writing joy over restoration of relationship with Corinthian church community in the previous chapter, Apostle Paul Apostle Paul wrote about different subject, generous collection of money in chapter 8 and 9.
After Jerusalem Council, meeting with the leaders of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 15), asserting his mission to Gentile, Apostle Paul added one more thing to do during his mission journey. It was to remember the poor in Jerusalem and to collect money to help them. The collection of money was not new to Corinthian church when Apostle Paul wrote this letter. He had already suggested a way to do it gradually by putting aside a little money every first day of the week, probably from the contribution made by the assembly gathered to worship. (1 Corinthian 16:1-4). Later, authorized representatives would carry it to Jerusalem, in the company of Apostle Paul.
The correction was the offering for the relief of the Jerusalem church (Galatians 2:1-10, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Romans 15:25-27).
Generous giving was the teaching of Apostle Paul. Macedonian churches set an example of giving generously out of their sincere love for the poor in spite of their extreme poverty. Jesus Christ, though he was rich, become poor so that his poverty become rich for all. Generous giving requires willingness to give according to what they had, not according to what they had not. Giving brought equality and mutuality in light of the kingdom of God. “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.” (v.15)
Apostle Paul regarded highly Titus, his missionary companion. And he sent with him other mission partners appointed by churches so that they might assist Apostle Paul for the ministry of collection to help the poor in Jerusalem. He asked the Corinthian church to show love for them.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.