Our culture has transformed the term “sell-out” into a negative quality. When musicians or actors submit themselves to the going trend, they are often coined as “selling out” to the popular crowd…often leaving behind the original attributes that gave them the credibility and appeal for which they are best known. But is “selling out” always a negative thing? Not in the game of baseball, and certainly not according to 2 Corinthians 8 & 9! “Selling out” is described in both instances as sacrificing one’s body for the good of all.
This week’s lesson takes a look at sacrificial giving. For many believers, giving has become an optional part of the Christian life. Paul reminds us that Christ gave His life sacrificially because of His great love for us. As Christians, we give to the church because of our great love for God. It is not about how much we give, but the extent of our sacrifice. More importantly, when we are happily generous, God provides for our needs in ways we can’t imagine. It never fails!
What do your sacrifices look like? What besides money can/should you be giving? Which is easier for you to give: time or money? Can you think of some examples where you were blessed by selfless generosity?
Check out this clip for a little motivation toward this week’s lesson…