- 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 9
Life of generosity.
Apostle Paul continued to speak about contribution in chapter 9. The work of collection of relief money to help the poor in Jerusalem was a ministry like that of preaching or reconciliation, developed earlier in his previous letter.
“This service to the saints,” refers to the believers in Jerusalem. Apostle Paul reminded Corinthian Christians of those in Macedonia how they prepared the collection. This reminding inspired Corinthian Christian to make pledge to give. He made a friendly competition between the churches in Macedonia and Achaia in which Corinthian church was located.
Apostle Paul sent brothers, including Titus, to Corinthian church to motivate the congregation, and actually to take up the collection before he arrived, so that they could completed the ministry of collection in Corinthian church.
Generosity brings contentment. “God who is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (v8). It produces thanksgiving and mutual abundance by God (v.10).
Generosity results in thanksgiving, obedience, which brings glory to God from those who give generously and from those who receive as well. Therefore, generosity is to be the life style of believers, which proves God’s generosity through 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.