Blue Collar & White Collar
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 ESV
Paul writes to a “White Collar” church about the generosity of a “Blue Collar“ church. Christians can motivate and learn from one another; Paul hoped to motivate his church.
Notice the hurdles the ”Blue Collar” church had to overcome.
1. Extreme Poverty - they overcame the lie that you have to have a lot to be generous. Their situation didn't change, they didn't dig themselves out of debt nor did they come into some money. They reprioritized and gave in their poverty.
2. Extreme Affliction - not only we're they facing poverty, exterior forces were causing them suffering. Possibly persecution for their faith by unbelievers.
3. Money Stigma - churches are often criticized for asking their congregations to give money to a project or a ministry. The devil often whispers lies about a pastors motive in requesting financial partnerships.
Yet God, moved in such a way among the Macedonian’s that this ”Blue Collar” Church actually was begging the Apostles to participate in the offering.
When Paul wrote this letter to Corinth the ”Blue Collar” Church actually was out giveing the wealthier church.
Could this happen today? Could God move in such a way that believers look past their situation and give to something larger than themselves?
Yes, this afternoon, the Lord gave me some perspective about our church. Before we became an autonomous church the Marion campus was known as the ”White Collar” Church, while we were more of a ”Blue Collar” Church.
Several years ago the Marion Campus needed to raise $100,000 for a campaign we called the ”Connecting Link.” We barely pulled it off!
Today, our ”Blue Collar” church exceeded our capital campaign goal by $31,000 dollars. 53 people gave $151,000 to make room for another 139 people church to know Jesus.
Today, our boast in is Jesus, for the grace he has given us. I love that our church is a generous church, and I praise God for moving among us in this mighty way. If you haven't noticed He is among us!