1 Corinthians 16: Intentional Giving

We know from history that Judea was suffering from a famine at this point in time.  The Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding area were suffering from a famine.  For the Christians their problems were only compounded by the growing animosity between Jews and Christians and how this cut them off from the normal infrastructure of life.

We can tell from this letter and others that Paul had made it part of his mission to help the Jewish Christians by collecting money from Gentile Christians in Asia Minor, Macedonia, and Achaia in order to bring relief when he soon visited Jerusalem.  Paul is discussing this in this chapter.  As a matter of logistics, Paul recommends that the Corinthians set aside their surplus money each week in order to have a store of money for the collection when he finally does visit Corinth on his way to Jerusalem.

On the first day of each week, every one of you should set aside and store up whatever surplus you have gained, so that when I come I won’t have to take an actual collection. (16:2)

I am struck by Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians (and to us) to be intentional in their giving.  This isn’t spur of the moment.  This is not a plea to give what you can spare.  This isn’t “brother, can you spare a dime?”  This is planned, purposeful giving and sacrifice over a number of months.  That is a good example.

What big idea really sunk in with you as you read 1 Corinthians?  

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3 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 16: Intentional Giving

  1. Melanie

    The Message says, “Be as generous as you can.” I’m not sure that’s the way I give. I’m thinking I’m more of a what-can-I-spare-without-taking-a-big-risk kind of giver. Planned, sacrificial, intentional–all words that should describe giving. I’m not there yet, but I have to fight the tendency to say, “If I were wealthier, then I could be more intentional and generous.

    • As usual, you are exactly right. My experiences as well. So much wisdom in acknowledge the “if I were wealthier” sentiment as a fallacy.

  2. “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.”

    Great advice to end the book. There is no time to let up. Push on everyday, being loving and faithful to others no matter what.

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