But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord.
We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches; and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 2 Corinthians 8:16-21
Administration seems like a lesser or boring spiritual gift. But, its vital. I am not an accountant, but I can appreciate what they add to the kingdom of God. Titus and Paul had collected money to distribute to those in poverty and persecution. They gave great care to administering it with integrity. They wanted to please God and be honorable in the sight of men as well. This is a good policy. Since money is a touchy subject with most people and there is temptation to misuse or not account properly, as Christians we should give extra attention in the administration of it. That way God gets glory and people focus on Him, not us.
Can I be trusted with money? Both my own and that entrusted to me by others? Do I keep proper records? Is my spending in the proper budget categories?
God, I pray as Americans and others pour out their compassion and generosity to organizations serving people in Texas and Louisiana, that You will prompt each to give proper attention to the administration. Find Titus’ and Paul’s, men and women of integrity to exert their character and influence so that many will be helped and the gospel will be received.