The following sermon was preached by Rev. Calum I. Macleod at the Wednesday night prayer meeting 17th March 2010. Giving to God is the subject of this sermon. The Lord Jesus Himself is our great exemplar when we consider what we ought to be prepared to sacrifice in our service to His cause. He gave His life as a ransom to purchase our peace and happiness both here in time and in that heavenly rest where we shall be with Him for all eternity. Jesus gave all that he could have given; it was impossible for Him to give more and therefore we owe Him our all. But, Paul was also reminding the saints at Corinth to remember the poorer brethren and he draws their attention to the Christians in Macedonia, who, even in the face of poverty, oppression and persecution, “gave their own selves to the Lord”, in order to help other Christians who were in need. When it comes to giving, are we sowing our seed sparingly? Remember; you will never out-give God, “for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The text is 2 Corinthians 8:8-9…I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.