On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
–1 Corinthians 16:2
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul emphasizes the need to be purposeful in routinely and systematically saving for God’s work. He asks that each one in the church of Corinth set aside a sum of money the first day of the week for later distribution to the church in Jerusalem. By taking this approach (instead of making a massive effort at the last minute), Paul made it easier for the church to achieve its goals.
Paul also wanted the church in Corinth to be proactive in their giving. Their earnest desire to contribute to God’s work would be demonstrated by setting aside a sum of money before he arrived, not after. Finally, Paul was giving a personal challenge to each believer. He asked each individual to examine their income and give accordingly.
In the same way, Christ challenges us not only to give our money, but also our time and talents. We can examine the gifts God has given us and give back in a purposeful, proactive and personal way.
Used with permission from Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI and The Barnabas Foundation.