In this chapter to the Corinthians, Paul begins by informing them of the selfless giving taking place in the Macedonian churches. He goes on to test the sincerity of the Corinthians to continue in their own offerings to the work of the Kingdom. This calls to mind the many times through the years that our Cypress Creek Church ministry partners, both local and international, have come to share with us the wonderful work of the Lord in their ministries. It challenges us to be faithful and generous in our giving. Paul speaks of our eagerness to give. He’s talking about the condition of our hearts. In the Message version, this passage closes with, “The heart regulates the hands.”
Father we ask that You continually examine, test and condition our hearts to be sensitive to You. We thank You for the holy privilege to unite with You in Your kingdom assignments, and may the name of Jesus forever be exalted.