2 Corinthians 8:16

2 Corinthians 8:16

16 Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
2 Corinthians 8:16

Paul is letting them know Titus is the one who will be trusted with their offering to help their poor brothers and sisters in the faith in Judea who are suffering. He will show just how trusted in the following verses (below), but leads with the most important feature in that the heart of Titus [has] the same concern I have for you.

17 For tus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. 19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.
2 Corinthians 8:17-19

Paul began this chapter writing about how much the Macedonians had given even though they are poor in comparison to the Corinthians. In this way Paul exhorts them to give generously. This is often true of us today as we give out of our wealth (our excess) to support Christians who are in need while others give out of their poverty. Reading the first verses of this chapter will cause one to examine just how much (or how little) they are giving compared to how much they could give or what God might want them to give. He drives the point home when he writes

8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:8-9

Paul loved the Corinthians and he believes Titus does as well. And now Paul wants to see just how much of that love will be returned not to Paul or his companion Timothy or now Titus, but for their sight unseen brothers and sisters in Christ who are in great need. Jesus had a few things to say about this as well.

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Matthew 23:23

2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:2-4

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:40

Such verses always have me examining how much I truly freely give and how much I hold on too as if I will have it forever. Perhaps the words of our Lord and Savior will have the same impact on you.