1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16 has Paul giving some ‘matter of fact’ direction to the Christ Followers in Corinth regarding how they give.  Paul has a heart for the poor believers in Jerusalem, and as such, is asking the church to come alongside his efforts to support them.  “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come”.  Paul doesn’t want to have to spend his time there gathering up funds.  In Paul’s mind, this is a no brainer and folks merely need to take a collection and have it ready to send on to Jerusalem.

The offering was to come from ‘each of you’ – Paul wanted all to give. Every Christian should be a giver, because God is giver and He loves a cheerful giver too.  The giving was to occur based on ability – ‘as he may prosper’.  God doesn’t measure our giving on the amount we give in total, but in comparison to the amount He has entrusted to us.  We need to be giving based on what He has given to us, not comparing ourselves with others around us.  The amount is relative to what we have, not what others have given.  You can give a lot and still miss the real giving part.

Paul writes much about his travels and how he enjoys spending time with Christ Followers everywhere.  He is somewhat open ended on exactly what or when he’ll be doing things – it appears He merely responds to God’s leading and opportunities as doors open to share the gospel.  That is how we all ought to live life – with an open hand around our time and money – so we can respond completely to God’s plans and align ourselves with His will.  When we have all our time and money committed it makes it hard to truly serve Him completely.

As Paul winds down this first letter to the Corinthians, he gives some strong words to follow.  “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love”.  He begins by telling us to watch, just like Jesus did in Matthew 24.  We need to have our eyes wide open and our ears turned on to keep an eye out for the enemy who wants to resist us.  We need to stand fast in our faith and in Jesus, and resist and lead well.  He speaks to us like we are all part of the Lord’s army, which indeed we are.  We are in the midst of a spiritual battle and need to be prepared to deal with the enemy at all times.

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