But just as you excel in everything, in faith, speaking, knowledge, and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see
that you also excel in this gracious work.
I am not saying this
as a command, but as proving, through the earnestness of others, the sincerity of your love as well.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
I give my
opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this,
but also to desire to do it.
But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was
the willingness to desire it, so there may be
also the completion of it by your ability.
For if the willingness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person
has, not according to what he does not have.