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[ Boxes of Hope Update ]

For this week’s Boxes of Hope update, I wanted to share some thoughts with you as a result of one of last week’s CBR, (Community Bible Readings); when Paul encourages the church to generosity in 2 Corinthians 8. One verse reads: “But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Cor 8:7)

Paul describes what he calls “the grace of giving”, which the believers in Macedonia are said to have received. It’s grace because it comes from that great source of grace, the Lord, who demonstrated grace in the redemption of sinners. Redemption being the exchange of a form of payment to gain something: us! This grace of giving that overtook the Macedonians was rooted in knowing that their lives (and therefore time, resources, money) were not their own.

I am encouraged by this church, when I see us give our time and effort; shopping, driving, delivering and organising… I am thankful when we are not held captive to the thinking of this world, to seeing our time and resources as our own, but rather freely give it to help our neighbours.

Reflecting on 2 Corinthians 8, I find it interesting that there are three parts to this grace of giving: the will, the initiation and the completion. The Boxes of Hope team have seen something of this progression, with the new links being made with the British Red Cross.

“Willingness to give”: For a while now many of us have harboured the desire to use Boxes of Hope to bless those people arriving in our city and our country with need, but for a long time the right way to do this wasn’t clear. However, timing is everything, and being stirred for something over time can strengthen conviction.

“Intimation”: Boxes of Hope is currently turning over more food than ever as our church seeks to help others facing crisis in these last months; this has inertia has provided the right time to begin partnership with the British Red Cross to assist asylum seekers who find themselves in need of essentials, as well as things like reading and learning materials for kids.

“Completion”: The Holy Spirit gives us revelation about what is and isn’t ours to encourage our willingness, He emboldens us to make the move, and He gives us perseverance to keep on in our generosity despite discouragements. As ever, I pray we would all be filled by God’s Holy Spirit, so that we might continue to grow as a people united in generosity, and that we too might excel in this grace of giving.

Written by Adam Fitzmaurice, part of the Boxes of Hope team at Redeemer.

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