June 6, 2020 – The Equality of Giving

Read 2 Corinthians 1

“But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.” 2 Corinthians 8:14 – 15 

 

When we give, it is not about us having less and someone else having more. It is about equality. At any time in my life, I may have a need and will need someone else to meet that need. All of the people in my church family will also have some need in their life that will be met by someone else. It may not be a monetary need. 
 
Many are too proud to receive. They feel that it is a sign of weakness if they are unable to meet a need in their life or the life of a family member. That is one of the purposes of the body of Christ. We have the Holy Spirit, the comforter. The word comforter in the Greek is paraklatos which literally means, “one who comes alongside of.” Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life is “coming alongside someone who has a need.” God has placed me in the body so that my needs may be met and that I in turn can use the gifts of God in my life to meet the needs of someone else.
 
The key is that I have an abundance and will use it to supply your lack. This is a major theme of the New Testament. “Let each esteem others better than themselves. The equality is that when I have a need,  you desire is to meet my need,  and when you have a need, I desire to meet your need. The one who has a little more gives to the one who has a little less.  Looking only to my needs is self-centered living.
 
In like manner, if you have an abundance and I have a lack, you should supply my lack. It should all work out equally for the good of all of the saints and not just for those who have an abundance. The abundance is given to us along with the gift and responsibility to meet the needs of others. We need to realize that every gift that is given to us, is not simply for us, but to give us a supply for the needs of others.
 

Let me give you a simple illustration. “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 Why does God give us comfort? It is because we need to be comforted. That is the present need. But it is more than that. God gives us comfort so that we in turn may comfort others. What comfort can we give them? The same comfort that God gives to us.

 

An Exercise to Increase my Faith:  What has God given to you lately? If you notice that you have been given an extra amount, it may be because you are going to have an extra need in your life. But it could also be because there will be someone that you will meet who has the same need that God has supplied to you to meet that need. Keep your eyes focused on others and you will be able to identify their need when it comes based on what God has given to you.   

 


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