2 Corinthians 8: Get Excited
Celebration should be part of the Christian life. I heard that in the sermon at church yesterday, and that seems to stand out here in 2 Corinthians 8.
2Co 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2Co 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
Paul was excited about what was happening in Macedonia. He was excited to see the grace of God inspiring these people to be joyful and generous despite their affliction and poverty. He wants to see that happen among the Corinthians as well. He wants to see this type of spirit spread. Even though we haven’t gotten there yet, one of the dimensions of the fruit of the spirit is joy. Paul was excited about this development.
I wonder then if maybe we need to spend more time on the positive. There are 10 million things going on in the world right now that are troubling, problematic, frightening or flat-out wrong. We need to be able to talk about those. We need to take stands on important principles. I don’t discount that whatsoever, but I will say that maybe we could also take more time talking about the positive.
God is great. He does great things all around us. It is like the old song about counting your blessings. I admit, I don’t do that as much as I should. However, why don’t we get excited about what God is doing? Maybe we just don’t see it. Maybe we don’t want to see it because it is easier to complain about what is going wrong. However, maybe a little bit of excitement and positivity is in order. We know who wins in the end. We know we are following the one who is going to overcome all of the evil in the world. Shouldn’t we be excited to be part of that?