The Apostle Paul uses example of Jesus, the story of the manna and the generosity of poor Christians in Macedonia to encourage the Christians in Corinth to participate in an offering for the poor believers in Jerusalem. What is Paul’s hope? What is Paul’s goal?
Paul also seems to anticipate a common sentiment in verse 13 that argues, “If I give my resources away, then I won’t have enough for myself.” What fears and mindsets are expressed in that statement? What answer would you give to the person who expresses their concern about not having enough? How might we move collectively toward a fair distribution of resources so that everyone would have their needs met?