II Corinthians 8:6-12 — Finish what you started

This passage is so rich with spiritual truth that I think we’ll be here for a few more blogs.

Paul starts and ends this passage by basically saying this:  “Finish what you started.”

The Corinthians, when they had first heard about the needs of the poor Jews in Jerusalem, were quick to say, “We want to help.”  That spurred others, most notably the Macedonians, to give as well.

And so Paul told the Corinthians, “It’s great that you offered to help.  But finish what you have started.  Don’t leave your good intentions to fall to the ground to be trampled on by the shoes of neglect.  Fulfill your promises.  Start collecting the money you decided to give so that it will be ready when we come.  And if you do so with a heart that’s right, it won’t matter how much you end up collecting.  Because all that really matters to God is that he has your heart.”

How about you?  Do you finish what you start?  Do you follow through with your good intentions to bless others?  Or do you let your good intentions fall to the ground as your passion fades?  Let us not be that way.  Let us fulfill our promises and complete the good that God has put in our hearts to do.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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