June 03, 2018: SOAP #3104: Proverbs 25-27; Romans 15 Scripture: Romans (NIV) 15:25 Now, however, I [Paul] am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do […]
June 03, 2018: SOAP #3104: Proverbs 25-27; Romans 15
Scripture: Romans (NIV) 15:25 Now, however, I [Paul] am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.
Observation: For the Gentiles, helping the Jew was their pleasure; it was also their duty. It was proper for Gentiles to give to the Jews. Through the Jews came the written word of God. Through the Jews came the Messiah! And through the Jews came Paul's ministry. So, it was more than their pleasure, it was their duty.
–The Jews had not placed these blessings in the reach of the Gentiles in order to get their money. They were not selling God's blessings. They were not begging the Gentiles to send them money. They were not sending the Gentiles a bill.
–Paul explained that in the natural order of ministry, an offering was owed. They had been given something of great value. The giver was now in need.
Application: When I become aware that those who have shared the spiritual truths with me are going through difficult times, it is proper for me to help them with an offering. The value of the offering in no way compares to the value of the spiritual input. Yet it is one way I have of expressing my appreciation for what they brought to my life. It can demonstrate that I value what I have received. A visit, a card of encouragement, words of appreciation may have more value than money.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me show proper, meaningful, expression of appreciation for those who opened spiritual doors for me. Amen
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