Even though this passage of Scripture was written by the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, nearly 20 centuries ago to both the church in Corinth and Christians in the surrounding province of Achaea, in modern-day Greece, the message is timeless:
God wants to pour out bountiful blessings on you in every area of your life, not only spiritually, not only emotionally, not only physically, but also financially!
We have such a beautiful declaration of God’s love in the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. What he writes specifically in chapters 8 and 9 is such a clear explanation of the bountiful blessings to be poured out upon a believer’s life.
Even though he was writing to the church in Corinth, he made a significant reference to two other early fellowships—first to the church in Jerusalem, that went through a famine and troubles, and secondly about the church in Macedonia, who had given liberally with hearts overflowing to help believers in the Holy City. This generous offering was given, even though believers in Macedonia were going through massive trials themselves.
The purpose of the passage in 2 Corinthians was to prepare the church in Corinth, like the Macedonian church, to also participate generously in the offering to the Jerusalem church.
For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. (2 Corinthians 8:3-4, NKJV)
The words here are interesting and meaningful, for the Macedonian Christians were extolled for first giving themselves to the Lord, then for giving so lovingly to help others.
During the remainder of chapter 8 and throughout chapter 9, Paul uses this Christ-like example as an example of giving for all believers.
Above all, the apostle points to Jesus as the ultimate Example, for He Himself experienced giving all that we might be blessed in every way!