Grace that Gives (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 231)
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
For many believers, when the pastor gets up to talk about giving on Sunday morning, he gets an automatic tune-out from most of the audience. We get uptight when it comes to giving because giving requires something of us. It measures our understanding of grace and reveals where our hearts are in response to God’s grace in our lives.
We show our gratefulness for the grace of God in our lives by taking a look at how much we give. Giving does not involve just money. It involves a host of other things like time, resources, and talents. Until you learn to give freely of your money, time, resources, and talents, you’ll never mature in the grace of God.
The proof of our understanding of grace lies in our generous and gracious giving to God and to other people. Giving for the believer is paradoxical. It would seem in our human eyes that the more we give, the less we have. But that’s not the case in God’s kingdom. When we give freely and liberally, God gives us more than we could ever need or want.
The fundamental teaching of Jesus Christ is that there is no satisfaction in having, getting, obtaining, or receiving, but only in giving. The more giving that is down on earth, the more grace is infused into people’s lives. No matter how much you give, you will always get back a bigger blessing that you’re not able to define or receive. You can’t outgive God. Even if you gave up your entire life, God will find a way to give back to you way more than you ever gave.
God wants us to be like his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus gave more than time, talent, resources, and money. He gave his life. He freely, willingly, abundantly gave all of himself so we could have eternal life. We aren’t expected to give up our lives, but being like Christ means we are grateful for his grace and willing to generously and cheerfully share that grace to others through the resources he has given us.
“The more you give, the more comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won’t let you outgive Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens.”
— Randy Alcorn