God's Grace Through Generosity
TITLE: GOD’S GRACE THROUGH GENEROSITY
MACEDONIAN EXAMPLE (8:1-7)
TRAILS EXPOSE THE HEART
JESUS’ EXAMPLE (8:8-10)
GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
HE WAS RICH, YET FOR OUR SAKE HE BECAME POOR
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5–8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.