Because the believers in Macedonia and Greece owe a debt to the Christians in Jerusalem, they have decided to take up a collection for the poor among the Christians in Jerusalem.
These Macedonians and Greeks have shared the spiritual wealth of the Christians in Jerusalem. So they are obligated to use their earthly wealth to help them.
When the collection is completed and I have officially turned the money over to the Christians in Jerusalem, I will visit you on my way to Spain.
I know that when I come to you I will bring the full blessing of Christ.
Brothers and sisters, I encourage you through our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit creates, to join me in my struggle. Pray to God for me
that I will be rescued from those people in Judea who refuse to believe. Pray that God's people in Jerusalem will accept the help I bring.
Also pray that by the will of God I may come to you with joy and be refreshed when I am with you.
May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.