Being Of The Same Mind

2Co 8:16-17, 16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord.

Paul originally opened this chapter with the grace of God given to Macedonian’s and how that translated into the giving and beyond. In the last few verses, he shifts attention to Titus, his co-minister, and affords him commendations as a faithful minister. He thanks God, who by grace, put the same spirit of care in Titus that he had. Not by command or guilt or pressure did he receive an appeal to act, but in his own accord according to grace did he perform the acts of grace.

Note likewise, Paul lauds Titus as a faithful minister who did not misuse the gifts he received for personal gain. In other words, the individuals who handle the gifts given to the church in the form of finances should be extremely careful that all their financing exercises be unquestionably sound. Furthermore, the individuals who support should also be careful that they sow on good grounds that advance the kingdom. “7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined”(Tit 1:7 -8). Both the giver and the receiver should be of the same mind, kingdom-minded.