Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us for whatever directions God might give them. —2 Corinthians 8:5
And the New Testament tells of believers who just loved to give, believers who, in fact, even begged Paul to allow them to give. Paul said of these believers, “They begged us again and again for the gracious privilege of sharing in the gift for the Christians in Jerusalem” (2 Corinthians 8:4). We hear about pastors begging their congregations for money, yet this was a congregation begging to give. I will say this that no church runs on an empty pocket, it takes money to fulfill the church’s obligations.
So what was the secret of the generosity of these believers? Paul mentions it in the next verse: “Their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us for whatever directions God might give them” (2 Corinthians 8:5). You see, if you give of yourself to God, you will also give of your money. To put it another way, if you don’t give money, have you really yet given of yourself? (The reader will answer personally)
You may be thinking, “Well, Lord, you are over all areas except this, You know. This is mine. But the rest is Yours.” God can have your money and not have your heart. But He cannot have your heart and not have your money. God bless and keep you in His service.