2 Corinthians 8:7-15

2 Corinthians 8:7–15 (ASV 1901)

7But as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love. 9For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich. 10And herein I give my judgment: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do, but also to will. 11But now complete the doing also; that as there was the readiness to will, so there may be the completion also out of your ability. 12For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not. 13For I say not this that others may be eased and ye distressed; 14but by equality: your abundance being a supply at this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become a supply for your want; that there may be equality: 15as it is written, He that gathered much had nothing over; and he that gathered little had no lack.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

When a nobleman who had been imprisoned for some crime, then banished to Siberia, asked for help, Dr. Baedeker provided him with money and clothes causing the grateful man to burst into a flood of tears.
Hudson Taylor was down to his last dime when he was invited to go pray for a sick woman. Arriving there, he found the woman and her family to be in such a poor condition, but all he had was his last dime. When the husband finally asks for his help, the scripture, "Give to him that asketh of thee" flashed across his mind and he obeyed; saving the woman's life and conquering self as a result.
Henry Richards was challenged to obey Luke 6:30 and give to "every one that asketh thee." After much prayer and deliberation, he took Jesus at His word and experienced an unexpected result.