Nor [was this gift of theirs merely the contribution] that we expected,
but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us [as His agents]
by the will of God [entirely disregarding their personal interests,
they gave as much as they possibly could,
having put themselves at our disposal
to be directed by the will of God]–
(2 Corinthians 8:5 AMP)
They lived out the cross.
They poured out their hearts like Jesus did to His Father.
I know people like this.
Completely the Lord’s.
Hearts completely Jesus-like.
Giving is not about money.
It’s about God’s grace.
It’s about His mercy.
Then what will our response be?
Will it be grace and mercy from us?
And last, last of all we give.
And our gift
Because of God’s love poured in us
Is more generous than any gift
We’d give if it was without the gift
Of ourselves to God.