2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.


Giving is a spiritual grace which ALL Believers may participate in even poor ones. 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. Grace giving is giving that includes everybody and makes it possible to say that no one is too poor to give. If you give in to the thought, “people are too poor to give”, you’ve entertained a non-biblical thought. You also rob people of the enabling power of God’s grace, the development of a generous spirit, and the release of supernatural supply. Grace can empower any believer to become a generous giver.


Poverty is a reality in this fallen world and it is not what God intended. He intended blessing and abundance. Poverty is to be deficient in the necessities of life. It is having little or no means to support oneself, to be lacking in material provisions, and never able to abound. It isn’t a sign of ungodliness or sin and neither is prosperity a sign of godliness but it is called a curse in the Bible (Deuteronomy 28:16-20, 23, 24, 29-31, 38-44; Galatians 3:13, 14). It is not a blessing from God.


Grace is the power of God’s love working in a Christian and it can work in the heart of a poor person as well as a rich person. The example of the Macedonian churches, who were living in deep poverty, is what Paul used to motivate the Church at Corinth to show them what grace can do for a poor person it could do for them. Grace can produce generosity even in the midst of poverty. Grace always helps us do what we could not do on our own.


Grace will do more than the government ever could to really help win the war on poverty. The reason is that Jesus already bore our poverty to make grace available to get us out of poverty and into a full supply,  “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich 2 Corinthians 8:9.”

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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