The reading for this week comes from 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
In the Salvation Army, we're entering a time know as "Self Denial". It's where we give up some luxury for a period and then give the money that we would normally spend on that luxury for the work of The Salvation Army in countries where the Army is doing mission work.
At times we get so embarrassed that we want a black hole to swallow us up. As christians, we often find ourselves wanting to hide, especiall when it comes time to discuss one particular subject - tithing.
Tithing is not just about money, it's about our relationship with God, and also involves giving of our time. Giving is about putting our trust in God and being obedient to what He wants us to do.
Like the Macedonians, who gave to those in far off places, we should also give, and the grace of God will be with us. But it's not just about us! The Macedonians caught the vision and wanted to help spread the gospel and bring salvation to the world.
If our only motivation is the saving of souls then we will be blessed. To God be the glory, great things He has done. How often do we count our blessings and give thanks to God? God won't bless us if our only motivation is to receive a blessing.
Our relationship with God should be strong enough to give sacrificially, not because we want something from Him but because we want to do something for Him.
Many are willing to give God credit but few are willing to give Him cash.