Manna & Quail & Generosity by Pastor Matt

Song: No Other Name

Artist: Hillsong


We’ve been challenged this week to express kindness through generosity. Thinking through this subject, I keep going back to a passage we’ve already considered:  2 Cor. 8-9. Today, I’d like to call your attention to few more verses from these chapters.

9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. 12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. 13 Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. 14 Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. 15 As the Scriptures say,

“Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,  and those who gathered only a little had enough.”  2 Corinthians 8:9-15

I don’t think it’s any accident that Paul appeals to this Old Testament story to motivate his readers to follow through on their generosity.

The Old Testament quote is taken from Exodus 16:18. It’s the instruction which accompanies God’s miraculous provision (read: generosity!) of manna and quail in the wilderness.

It was true for Israel then, for the Corinthians a bit later, and for us now. God is the one providing the resources! In the Exodus, it was manna and quail. For the Corinthians (and us!) it’s s the provision that comes through the “generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” But in each case, the way to generosity is opened by remembering the source.

Paul gives loads of practical advice on generosity. Finish what you start. Be intentional. Give generously, because there will come a time when you’ll need to receive graciously. But all of this advice is rooted in the character of a God who supplies what we need, who gives us today our daily bread.

Let the generosity of God in your life motivate you today to follow through on this week’s March Kindness challenge. Give something away this week – knowing that God has and will give you just what you need!

 

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