“Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts.” 2 Corinthians 6:2-4


If you squeeze a packet of ketchup, you expect ketchup to come out.  It says ketchup on the label; you trust the manufacturer. Yet, if mustard squirts out of the packet onto your sandwich, you will be disappointed.  The package and its contents would be inconsistent.

When the Christian life is put under pressure, what is the result? The pressures of life can be overwhelming.  We pile obligation on top of one responsibility after another.  When we start to experience pressure, it triggers something.  In the case of the churches in Macedonia, pressure triggered faith and generosity.  But, if we are honest, many times the pressures of life trigger something quite different.  It triggers bad attitudes, stress, and a lack of faith.  Life under pressure reveals our true colors: our integrity, character, and faith.  The time of preparation happens beforehand.  Preparation to deal with life under pressure occurs in the quiet moments you spend with Jesus each day.  It occurs in the moments you step out in faith and choose to trust God.  Next time you experience life under pressure, may the pressure trigger something totally unexpected in you: a generous heart, positive attitude, and a life full of faith.