11 But now finish [f]doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
2 Corinthians 8:11-12
As I have been praying about keeping the kids home this school year and also pondering what to do with the blog/writing, this passage jumped out at me in my reading this am. I understand it is out of context. Paul is talking to the Corinthian church about tithing. He has reminded them that they started this process, they wanted to tithe. Now, he says, don’t quit what you have been doing so well.
I love how the Message Bible states it:
2 Corinthians 8:11 The Message (MSG)
10-20 So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. As it is written,
Nothing left over to the one with the most,
Nothing lacking to the one with the least.
I know, some people don’t like how the Message Bible words things, but I like it because it gives me a new understanding of the scripture passage. Look at what it says, “The best thing you can do right now is finish what you started last year.” Last year is when i started to blog.
“Do what you can, not what you can’t”. Ok- keep going and do what I can with the blog/writing. That makes sense to me.
Keep working on what I am doing. It may not look like much right now, but in the end, we come out even. I like that encouragement.
Now- to be clear, I know that sometimes scripture can be taken out of context and used in a way that is not at all what was intended. I understand in this case, that what the scripture was originally talking about what tithing and for specifically the Corinthian church. If you read the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul was speaking to them quite firmly about some things they were not doing well, or that they had completely dropped and ignored. OUCH!
Well, I had been praying about the blog/writing and what to do with that, along with homeschooling and such, and as i read this scripture just seemed to be first and foremost on the page. It is halfway through the chapter dealing with the Corinthians not wanting to finish what they started. It is most definitely not the first line in the chapter, nor is it the first line on my Bible page.
It is rather, the line I needed for the moment. Sometimes scripture is like that. There is a line in Hebrews 4:12, that says;
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Word is LIVING, its ACTIVE and speaks to our hearts.
I feel like the Lord is directing me to continue blogging/writing and as such I guess I do need to step it up!! I will be doing that soon.
As far as homeschooling, the kids are divided. I am divided. Some moments they want to go to school, others, not so much. All want to have the interaction of friends, which I totally get. Here we are much more isolated than we were in town. I am kind of liking the isolation, but they need to stay connected. I get that.
But the passage also says clearly, “finish what you started.” I did start homeschooling. I guess I need more about this one. Still praying……..
Comments? Thoughts?? Would love to hear your thoughts on this one!