Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Blessed by Giving - Sincerely


2 Corinthians 8: 8-9 - "I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich."

Sincerity. The word meaning in the original of sincerity is "without wax." A vase was considered genuine if it was sold "without wax." What this means is - when vases were cured and fired, often they would develop small cracks. A unscrupulous dealer would fill these cracks with wax to make it look whole and pure. However, when the vase was left in the sun or near heat, the wax would melt and the cracks become apparent. So - the best vases were - you got it - sincere.

Paul says he is testing the genuineness of the Corinthian Church's love for the Lord by their giving. Generous giving tells of how much we love our Lord - Jesus Christ. So - are you "without wax" in your generosity? Will the heat of the sun melt and reveal the real person?

Today, make plans (and then put them into practice) to be sincere in generous giving.

For Kingdom Education,

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