2 Corinthians 8:1-7
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
We have a great opportunity in front of us. Thousands upon thousands come to grips with their new reality: “How are we going to rebuild our lives now that absolutely everything has been taken away?” For many, they do not even know where to begin.
When there was a massive famine happening in Jerusalem, churches from all over the world gave so that God’s people could be taken care of. The Macedonians, who were themselves experiencing crippling poverty, gave above and beyond their means to care for their brothers and sisters. Paul commanded the Galatians to do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
That is why our efforts to bring relief are going to be funneled through local churches. We want to make sure that God’s people are taken care of, and that through them their communities will see the light of the Gospel as God’s people rise up in this hour of great need.
Below you have the opportunity to give to the great needs that have arisen due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please give cheerfully and generously. And please keep in mind that when you give to a special cause like this, it ought to be over and above your regular tithes and offerings. This is an opportunity to respond in a Christ-like way, to hold loosely onto what God has placed in your hands.
Invest in some eternal treasure, and give generously.