And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Paul is on the subject of his giving project that he was first commissioned with in Acts 11 when Agabus foretold that there would be a famine in Judea. Acts 11:29-30 says, “So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.” Wherever Paul established a church, he had them participate in this giving project.
It was a good opportunity to teach about principles of giving. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” He was talking about sowing money for the sake of the kingdom. We can give money to others willingly and generously because that is exactly what God has done for us. God wants to have you give more so He can give you more–both grace and money.
When we open up the floodgates of our giving, God opens up the floodgates of His grace. This is not just so we will be content and stocked up, but so that we will be sufficient in Him to overflow to others. We will abound in every good work. If you hold on tight to your money, spending it on yourself, you won’t get to see the grace of God abound, or overflow, in your life. But if you can begin to live a life of giving generously, you will see God’s grace multiply all over you.
It helps to have money to give. Ephesians 4 describes what a repentant and transformed life looks like, and in verse 28 Paul simply states, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Of course we don’t want to get obsessed with having money and working too much, but what a great way to show that Jesus is Lord of your life: generously giving money and things that you have in the name of Jesus.
In 2 Cor. 9:10 Paul goes on to say that if you give, God will multiply your seed for sowing and that He will increase your harvest of righteousness. Some people might wonder why they haven’t seen God use them in other people’s lives, whether it is to lead someone to Christ or to mentor or some other way. It may because they haven’t let go of their money for Jesus’ sake. They might not even have a job because that hasn’t been the pattern of their life. Perhaps it is time to become productive, wise and generous with time and money.
When you catch the concept of being generous, the overflowing grace of God will pour into your life. You will see abundance as Luke 6:38 promises: “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” This is because God is able to make all grace abound to you so that you will have all sufficiency in all things.
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