We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift [the money that had been given for the Christians in Jerusalem]. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
— 2 Corinthians 8:20-21
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
We want to be generous in helping others in need, especially those who are part of our Christian family. Generosity reflects how deeply God's loving gifts have touched our hearts. At the same time, those who lead, and especially those entrusted with the stewardship of funds given to bless others in the name of God, must carefully heed the example and call of the Apostle Paul. These leaders must be circumspect in the way they handle funds contributed by God's people for efforts to bless others in Jesus' name.
God, please forgive us, your people. Forgive us for not being more generous with the blessings you have entrusted to us. Forgive us for tolerating the charlatans and money grubbers who masquerade as your servants. May we, both leaders and supporters alike, be honorable and holy in the sight of all, as we use your resources to do your work, generously sharing the grace of Jesus. In the name of our Lord and Christ we pray. Amen.