“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty well up in rich generosity.”(2 Corinthians 8:1-2)

There is always the opportunity to put a certain “spin” on why people do what they do. Maybe all too often we tend to question motives. Do people do what they do in order to draw attention to themselves or to encourage and inspire others? Good question.

In the above Scripture, the apostle Paul begins to address the Corinthian church by making a comparison to the actions of the Macedonian church. In an effort to collect some financial resources to assist the hard pressed Jerusalem Christians, Paul says that the Macedonian Christians responded with “rich generosity.” 

But now in talking about the Macedonians “rich generosity” was Paul bragging about them? Hardly. After all, what was so unique about the Macedonians is that their “rich generosity” flowed out of their “extreme poverty.”  Paul mentions the Macedonians to the Corinthians in order to inspire them and encourage them to take similar action.

Inspiring and encouraging others. This is such an essential part of any capital campaign process. People don’t have to know what others might be doing. However, on those occasions when someone might share their spiritual journey that has lead them to a particular commitment or pledge to a campaign, it is always intended to inspire and encourage others. 

How might the actions and faith of others encourage you?

How might you encourage others through your actions and faith?

As you encourage others and as they encourage you, God can use such encouragement to bring about immeasurably more than you or anyone else can do on your own.  

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