GIVING CAN DEEPEN YOUR DEPENDENCE ON GOD

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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.

 

The grace of God impacted the hearts of the Macedonians and their giving showed it. Grace affects our heart and works in us both to will and do of God’s good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). When grace is illuminated to our heart in the area of giving offerings, it changes our motivation from “I’ve GOT to give,” to “I GET to give,” 2 Corinthians 8:1-8; 9:6-10.

 

Their giving also deepened their dependence upon the Lord. After grace produced sacrificial giving in these believers who were living in poverty (vv.1-4) it caused them to give, “… their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God v.5.” Their lives went more toward the Lord and serving others by the will of God. It takes grace to produce this kind of motivation and attitude toward money, giving, and service.

 

The Amplified Bible makes these verses even more clear, “For, as I can bear witness, [they gave] according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability; and [they did it] voluntarily, 4 Begging us most insistently for the favor and the fellowship of contributing in this ministration for [the relief and support of] the saints [in Jerusalem]. 5 Nor [was this gift of theirs merely the contribution] that we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us [as His agents] by the will of God [entirely disregarding their personal interests, they gave as much as they possibly could, having put themselves at our disposal to be directed by the will of God.”

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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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