“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Commitment — the 100% Solution

(Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

September 27

When the Macedonians heard that, due to a famine, the Christians in Jerusalem were having a hard time making ends meet, they had what may seem to us to have been an unusual response. For the Macedonians were poor folks, and they could have come up with a lot of reasons not to send money all the way to Jerusalem, to help people they didn’t know. Their own poverty would probably have excused them in the eyes of other people, and even in the eyes of the Lord.

But the Macedonians practiced what they had been taught about things like brotherly love and compassion for the poor. In this respect they were not unlike many poverty-stricken Christians in our own country in the era of the Great Depression. Few people had much, most had a little, and some had almost nothing. And some of the most generous in helping others were those who had just a little. Many poor people worked hard, gave generously and walked miles to  provide aid to others.

Back to the Macedonians. Here was a case of the poor helping the poor. The Macedonians understood the need because they knew so well what poverty was like. Perhaps Paul tried to persuade them not to give since they themselves were in need. But they “urgently pleaded . . . for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints” (NIV).

Their “secret,” of course, was that they “gave themselves first to the Lord.” That’s commitment, and it’s a solution that will solve all sorts of problems in our lives. Let’s try it.

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