Bible Reading – 2 Corinthians 8

1. They first gave themselves (8:1-7). The beginning of all charitable giving starts with a willing mind, and in this case, first giving oneself to the Lord. Whatever good can be done in the way of giving to another less fortunate, it is multiplied innumerable when the Lord’s love is the motivation behind it.

2. Have a willing mind (8:8-15). It is so easy to lose sight of the fact that our Lord came to this earth because of His interest in each of us (Philippians 2:1-8), but when it is remembered, then it is much easier to set self aside and put others first. The acronym JOY is useful in this case: Jesus, Others, Yourself.

3. Great preaching (8:16-24). A man is often measured by various standards. Preachers can be measured by their ability to expound Scripture, or just the ability to speak in public. Paul spoke of one who had praise in all the churches in the Gospel and, presumably, this was a preacher (though it is not actually known; cf. Acts 18:24-28; 1 Corinthians 16:12), but whether it was or not, in this case a man is measured by his charitable spirit.