Jesus was all about giving. He was all about the ways in which He could offer Himself and His gifts to make other’s lives better. He gave away all that He could for the sake of those He encountered. Ultimately Jesus gave even His life for us.
The king of the universe who could control anything He wanted – nature, death, physical disabilities and limitations – humbled Himself and took on human form. He who is more powerful than anyone, stooped down to our level and gave and gave and gave. He calls us to follow.
Paul writes, “he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” He was encouraging the church in Corinth to recognize the gift Jesus gave as a means of inspiring them to be generous. Paul saw the church as a connected body. He encouraged them to give now when they can and trust, in faith, that when they are in need, others will provide for them.
Jesus taught by example the practice of “self-emptying.” He showed us the way. As we give to others, we become less and Jesus becomes more. In this process we die to self and come to see the world through His eyes. John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer offers these words, “Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing.” God fills us up so that by giving to others we can be empty. God blesses us so that in turn we can bless others. This day may we be generous with all we have.
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15