Our generosity to the Lord’s work is best determined by what we give when we have little. A person who is well off financially can afford to give much without affecting his life-style or well-being. A person who is poor, however, must give up something for himself in order to give something to others. Jesus said that if we are not generous when we have little give, we will not be generous when we have much. The dollar amount of our giving may increase, but our generosity will not. “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (Luke 16:10).
Speaking of the churches of Macedonia, Paul wrote, “In a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality” (2 Cor. 8:2). The reason for their generosity was that “the first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God” (v. 5). They gave out of love for God and for His servants. Generosity is impossible apart from our love of God and of His people. But with such love, generosity not only is possible but inevitable.
– John MacArthur, (1 & 2 Corinthians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set)
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