He explains the term ‘blood money’ to mean something the organisation has to give in order to have them commit to the project.
2 Corinthians 11.1-15
Reference: v.9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Through his line of work, my husband often has video producing contracts with organisations to produce a training or promotional DVD. I believe that Cameron is very good at what he does and through our contacts he will be asked regularly to contribute to some video producing for a not-for-profit organisation. Cameron is generous with his advice and often gives greatly of his time, however he will often expect some ‘blood money’ in return. He explains the term ‘blood money’ to mean something the organisation has to give in order to have them commit to the project. This may not be actual money it may be writing the script or providing meals or paying for certain equipment. While Cameron may not get any money directly, he finds that if an organisation is willing to contribute in some way they are more likely to commit to the video project. If there is no ‘blood money’ involved then he finds there is little commitment which means he is pouring a great deal of his time and resources into something that is not deemed very important. ‘Blood money’ is a way of getting people committed to the cause.
Application: I can’t be 100% sure but it almost sounds like Paul needed some ‘blood money’ from the Corinthians. He had a deep love for them so went out of his way to not be a burden to them. However, afterwards he felt that they were easily swayed by any prophet that crossed their path. We can see where people’s commitment lies when we look at where they spend their extra time and money. We all need to work and pay our living costs, but its the time and money beyond those daily needs that show our focus. God does not require any ‘blood money’ from us. However, when we truly witness the great and sacrificial giving that God showed to us, surely our response would be to give all we have back to Him.
Prayer: Lord, you are the giver of true life. May the way we spend our time, money and resources reflect our devotion and commitment to You. Amen.
What is a way we can show our commitment to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.