And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

2 Corinthians 8:1-4

Have you ever witnessed great generosity? Paul has. In Macedon. Amongst a bunch of churches who were already doing it tough. They lived in extreme poverty. Most of us find it hard to imagine extreme poverty. We may have experienced an empty bank account. But usually we know where money could come from.

These Macedonians had very little. But their desire to be generous was stronger than their desire for greater comfort. This was God’s grace at work in them. Have you ever given beyond your ability? To the point where you must truly trust God?

Do you know that when we started Village Church, people gave generously to fund the work? One family gave $40,000. Many others gave $10,000. These weren’t necessarily super wealthy people. What a wonderful encouragement.

At Village Church, I’m praying that one day people might give thanks to God for our generosity. That we would be a people that, by the grace of God, give even beyond our ability. That God would be glorified as we support the work of the Kingdom of God in Australia and beyond.

All the while remembering that we can be generous because of how generous God has been to us in Jesus. Could you be a part of that radical generosity? What might it look like today? 

For Today:
  • Have you ever witnessed radical generosity?
  • What does generosity look like for you at the moment?
  • Look over your budget and ask the question - am I trusting God with my money?

  • Praise the Father that He owns all things and generously provides.
  • Give thanks for Jesus who is our true treasure and ensures our inheritance in His Kingdom.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others to be radically generous as you trust in God’s provision.

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