"No” Is Better Than “No-Show"
Posted: Thursday, September 7
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Verse of the day:
For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. (1 Corinthians 9:4)
Being a “no” is better than a “no-show."
Someone asks us to serve in a ministry, volunteer for a non-profit or help with a household project.
We make a commitment.
Following through with our commitment is often a tremendous help to the person who asked for our time.
Failing to honor our commitment often does the opposite. The people who asked are disappointed and left scrambling to cover the responsibilities we were supposed to fulfill.
In a letter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes about a “generous" financial gift promised by the Corinthian people. He appears concerned that they may not give what they promised to give.
"For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident” (1 Corinthians 9:4 NIV).
Paul goes on to say that he wants this "to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly” (v. 5 NLT)
Let’s be people who live up to our “yes.” May those who ask for our time be confident that we will be there when we say we’re going to be there with the right attitude.
Pastors, event organizers and neighbors would prefer a “no, I cannot commit to that” over not showing up after we have given a “yes.”