But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. (Romans 15:25-27)
Paul taught the churches about the importance of giving. In Romans 15:25-27, he explained that the churches of Macedonia and Achaia were “pleased” to give to those in need in the church in Jerusalem, although they didn’t have much extra cash themselves.
The churches that Paul had poured his life into had become giving churches. He was alluding to the fact of that because they genuinely had partaken of spiritual things - like the ministry of the Word and ministry from the leaders in the churches. It was expected that their gratitude would translate into financial giving.
Gratefulness for what we have received from God should naturally lead us to generosity. Christians should give with a heart full of joy and gratitude. Giving with a right attitude comes not from focusing on what we lose when the gift leaves our hand, but from remembering all God has given us.
Gratitude is more than lip service. It’s one thing to say, “Thank You, Lord.” It’s another to give generously into God’s work and bless others simply because you are thankful for what God has done for you.
Practical Application – In what way can you show your gratitude through giving this week beyond your regular tithe and offering? Maybe you can give a little more in the offering or give to someone you know that is in need. Listen to your inner man and follow where you are led to give as an act of gratitude.
Psalm 50:4; 2 Chronicles 29:31