In the second writing to the church @ Corinth; the Apostle Paul, talks directly to the saints ! The chosen leaders of the church itself , not the body as a whole in the ninth chapter of this epistle! A few scriptures stand out the most in this letter that really describe some areas we all could definitely use some growing room in!
First of all in verse 2: ” “For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.”
Notice the use of the phrase ..”your zeal hath provoked very many.” Ask yourself : is what I’m doing building a fire in many ? Am I stirring up the people in my circle to crave more of God and do better? It’s important that we live a more example rich environment! We must encourage others to be the best ; the best that God has called them to be ! To live each and everyday to the fullness! Salvation is the beginning of our walk with God , not the end !
Secondly in verses 6-7:” “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
God knows our hearts ! In fact many times in the Bible it’s mentioned … in both New and Old Testament writings the importance of our hearts! Just doing stuff as random acts of charity isn’t good enough! If done with the wrong heart or vain conduct is a slap in the face of God ! Especially if we are talking about our faith, our worship, our giving , our time , or anything else that we do in reverence of God ! And don’t get me started on communion !! It must be done with a pure heart or we are destined to be reprimanded!!