“If the eagerness is there,
The gift is acceptable,
According to what a man has,
Not according to what he does not have.”
εἰ γὰρ ἡ προθυμία πρόκειται, καθὸ ἐὰν ἔχῃ εὐπρόσδεκτος, οὐ καθὸ οὐκ ἔχει.
Paul said that if the eagerness is there (εἰ γὰρ ἡ προθυμία πρόκειται), the gift is acceptable according to what a man has (καθὸ ἐὰν ἔχῃ εὐπρόσδεκτος), not according to what he does not have (οὐ καθὸ οὐκ ἔχει). Paul recognized that they were eager to help out the Jerusalem Jewish Christians. Now was the time to do something. Any gift would be acceptable. They should give based on what they have, not on what they do not have. Don’t make perfection the enemy of doing something. Anything would be okay, since it did not have to be a lot of money, or something that they did not have. They were to give of what they had. They were not to give what people expected them to have. Do you give of what you can or what people expect you to give?