The Giving Heart

II CORINTHIANS 8:1–3-- "Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing."

The deeper their own need, the more the Macedonian Christians gave, revealing their true heart.

The Jerusalem Church was caught in an economic crunch brought on by drought.

Meanwhile, over in Macedonia, the ruling Romans levied oppressive taxes, shut down the region’s gold and silver mines, and prohibited the Macedonians from cutting down trees to build houses and ships. The situation was dire, but the Christians of Macedonia gave generously to Jerusalem.

They focused away from their own need to the needs of others. The world has a lot of formulas for licking poverty, but none are better than that. There is no record that the Macedonians got rich, but you can be certain God supplied the followers of Christ amid their poverty so they could continue giving.

The getting heart may be at the core of national economies, but the giving heart is the engine that drives the economy of God’s Kingdom.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Thank God for your blessings, and ask Him to show you how to give in proportion to your need as well as your abundance.

Physical Heart Focus

Be enthusiastic, but not obsessive. Obsessiveness in dieting is unhealthy, leading to anorexia and bulimia, but healthy dieting means eating on a well–balanced plan.