2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
God’s grace is to rule and reign in our lives as Christians and empower everything we do. This includes the giving of offerings or our money to supply and support different areas of God’s work. The Apostle Paul used the word grace to identify both the act of giving 2 Corinthians 8:1, 6, 7 and the gift itself (8:19) so we call giving a grace or the grace of giving.
The topic of giving offerings (specifically to the poor saints at Jerusalem) is what the Spirit of God was addressing through the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. This is not instruction or principles to replace tithing (Hebrews 7:1-10/Genesis 14:18-20) but how grace works in giving offerings.
Giving empowered by grace produces certain things and has certain characteristics the Apostle Paul expounded upon in the chapters in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. Giving empowered by grace is giving that:
- No one is excluded from participating, even the poor 2 Cor. 8:1, 2.
- Can go beyond what is required and deepen ones dependence upon God 2 Cor. 8:3.
- Develops true character 2 Cor. 8:2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10-12, 20, 21; 9:2, 7.
- Sacrificial and selfless 2 Cor. 8:9.
- Acceptable according to what you have 2 Cor. 8:12.
- Creates anticipation because it is according to the law of seed time and harvest 2 Cor. 9:6.
- Is properly motivated by a willingness, cheerfulness, and thankfulness 2 Cor. 9:7, 15.
- Is able to receive more grace to produce enough to abound to every good work 2 Cor. 9:8.
- Comes from resources God furnishes to live on and sow seed with to start a cycle of increase 2 Cor. 9:9, 10.
- Makes us more generous people not just prosperous 2 Cor. 9:11.
- Produces a profit for all and praise and thanks to God 2 Cor. 9:12-15.