2 Corthians 8
Paul was on a mission to help the church grow together as one body. One of the ways he was going to do that was by taking a collection among the Gentile congregations to help the saints in Jerusalem and Judea. Jerusalem and Judea had suffered through a number of droughts and Paul saw their need as a way for the Gentile churches to support and help their Jewish brethren, which would help these two cultures draw closer together in the body of Christ. The Corinthians were one of the first congregations to get on-board with this project. The church had gone through some strife and Paul was afraid they were not going to follow through with their commitment. So Paul sends Titus and others as an advance team to make sure that their gift was all in order. Paul reminded them that their willingness to give was in fact an expression of their love for Jesus. That if Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself for us, we should be willing to sacrifice our time and resources for others. Their response to this opportunity tested the sincerity of their love and appreciation for Christ!