In 2 Corinthians 8:9 Paul writes, “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”
During the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving Day, I receive an untold number of calls from people that want to serve in our ministry “feeding the poor” on Thanksgiving Day. Many will ask what I am doing on Thanksgiving Day. My reply is “spending the day with my family.” Many will say, “but I want to help you serve.” I then graciously tell them, “our ministry has 3 opportunities to serve the poor almost every week of the year. There are all kinds of people out there during the holiday, so I spend it with my family. You can always join us on one of those days.” Most say to me then, “well what am I supposed to do? I just want to serve on Thanksgiving Day.” Honestly I want to respond, “well put a turkey in the oven, fix some sides and go to one of the many poor areas in Hamilton County and serve as many people as you can with what you fix.” But, I don’t. I usually give them a list of the vast number of agencies that I know are out there on that day.
If you really read 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is talking not only about the generosity of God, but also about the generosity of a very poor Macedonian church. Though they had little themselves they gave big to help others in their need.
It’s that time of year when most people will get a little generous, but I think God wants us to be generous all year. I don’t know but that is kind of how I read it. Hope you have a generous spirit this holiday season and the rest of your life too.
–– Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 10:16 AM EDT