DSC_43782 Corinthians 8.8-9
I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
Devotional Thought:
Eugene Peterson, who gave us The Message bible translation, is fond of saying “A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook.”  Let me add to that by saying that a genuine leader will never exploit your emotions to get to your pocketbook!  Paul is quick to point out in the above passage that even though he has the relationship to “command” the gift as an Apostle of Christ, he refuses to go down that path.  Paul trusts the people of Corinth to be discerning people.  He trusts that they genuinely desire to do God’s will.  Paul is simply offering the people of Corinth a chance to grow deeper in their faith as they seek God’s will in their life.
 Like Paul trusted the Corinthians, I trust the Andover Campus folks to discern God’s will in a way that brings about the “right” results.  Right result is not determined by a building; that is a positive side-effect.  The right result is a group of people who seek God’s desires above their own.  That will have far greater impact than any structure ever could.  And that is my prayer.
Prayer:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we as a people trust you as we trust one another.  We know that you cause all things to work for the good for those who are called by your name.  So we rest in the promise that we live in victory.  May we seek you with our whole heart, mind, soul, spirit and strength this day and all days to follow.  Amen.
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