“They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.” 2 Corinthians 8:5.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 3-5, Psalm 77, and 2 Corinthians 8.
The Macedonian churches set quite an example!
You see here the formula for getting giving right: Give yourselves to God.
Often activities are started without God. We try it alone and must live with the consequences of our folly.
If God is truly our overseer, we MUST seek Him FIRST.
Just imagine what life would be like for us if we had His directions within us. Why do we persist rather in inviting Him along, instead of following His lead?
A Godly life is a surrendered life. We must come to Him seeking mercy. We must come to Him mindful of His grace on our behalf.
In everything we do we must predate it with the certainty of having His Way be our ultimate goal.
Paul is talking about giving in today’s verse and what motivated the Macedonians to give as they had. BUT every part of our spiritual lives must be driven by a love to be in God’s Will. There is no better place to be. It takes surrender. Will we do it?
“Lord, I surrender to Your Will. What do You want me doing or not doing? Enable me to sort those two things out. I want to please You. Direct my path. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
If we start with God we’ll do what He wants.