Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them through us. they were so enthusiastic about it that we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to visit you and encourage you to complete your share in this ministry of giving. you people there are leaders in so many ways-you have so much faith, so many good preacher, so much learning, so much enthusiasm, so much love for us. Now i want you to be leaders also in the spirit of cheerful giving. I am not giving you an order; I am not saying you must do it, but others are eager for it. This is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words. You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus was: though he was so very rich, yet to help you he became so very poor, so that by being poor he could make you rich. I want to suggest that you finish what you started to do a year ago, for you were not only the first to propose this idea, but the first to begin doing something about it.
Inscribed on the wall above an ancient sundial in Cluny, France, are these memeorable words: “of all these hours, fear but one!” There is an hour of hours to which all your life is leading. All history flows to the final appointement at which the destiny of each person who has ever lived will be sealed forever. “Inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained.” (Acts 17:31). God is keeping the book of your life where each thought and deed is recoreded. Soon, perhaps much sooner than you think,” . . . we must all be mad manifest befor the judgment seat nof Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20: 11-15).