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.