“and then”

2 Corinthians 8:1–5

8:1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and atheir deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency 1that we would receive the gift and bthe fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first cgave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the dwill of God.

The churches of Macedonia gave “in a great trial of affliction” … “their deep poverty abounded.” However an often overlooked message is found in verse 5: “they first gave themselves to the Lord” … “and then” … When we “first” give ourselves to the Lord, stand in awe as the Holy Spirit works in and through you, accomplishing more than you ever imagined possible.

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