Imagine if churches all over were filled with upbeat believers fighting for the chance to outgive one another! If every church you entered was filled with generous, joyful Christ followers. Imagine a world wide church that ministered so effectively that they put Big Government out of a job! Below is a glimpse of such a church. Note the verse explicitly state that the joyful Christians were afflicted. They were NOT RICH, they did not have it easy!
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
II Corinthians 8:1-5 NKJV