A country preacher felt that it was time for his church to take a step of faith in serving God. He prayed long and studied hard. Finally, the day came for his sermon to be delivered.
“Brothers and sisters, God wants this church to walk right along with Him!” “Amen brother!” someone said, “Let it walk!”
Encouraged by the response he decided to take another step in his appeal. “Brothers and sisters, God wants this church to run with Him!” “Amen brother!” someone said, “Let it run! Let it run!”
By now the preacher knew that God’s hand was upon him and so he exclaimed, “Brothers and sisters, God wants this church to fly with Him!” “Amen brother!” someone shouted, “Let it fly! Let it fly!”
Now for the moment of truth. “Brothers and sisters, if this church is gonna walk, and run and fly with Jesus; it’s going to take a lotta money.” From the back of the church a voice was heard to say, “Let it walk brother. Let it walk.”
In contrast to this funny story, consider what Paul wrote about the churches in Macedonia.
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5 NLT)
Consider these important truths about the Macedonians’ giving:
Personal wants and needs did not prohibit them from giving
They gave out of a willing heart
They considered giving to be a privilege
The most important gift they gave was themselves
And their generous giving produced an abundance of joy
The churches of Macedonia experienced what the old country preached described as ‘flying with Jesus.’ I pray that our church, and every church, will as well.