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 the work of God’s Kingdom on Earth. 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. This happened to be an offering, as distinguished from the tithe, for the saints at Jerusalem being collected from other churches and Believers. Giving empowered by grace produces certain things and has certain characteristics the Apostle Paul expounded upon in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.
Giving empowered by grace is giving that:
- NO ONE IS EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATING IN IT, EVEN THE POOR.
2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
- CAN GO BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED AND DEEPEN ONES DEPENDENCE UPON GOD.
2 Corinthians 8:3 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.
- DEVELOPS TRUE CHARACTER.
Joy & Generosity – 2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
Sacrifice & Eagerness – 2 Corinthians 8:3 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 (see also vv. 7, 8, 10-12, 20, 21; 9:2, 7).
- CAN CAUSE SACRIFICIAL AND SELFLESS GIVING.
2 Corinthians 8:9 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.
- IS ACCEPTABLE ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU HAVE.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
- CREATES ANTICIPATION BECAUSE IT PUTS INTO MOTION THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
- IS PROPERLY MOTIVATED BY A WILLINGNESS, CHEERFULNESS, AND THANKFULNESS.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
- IS ABLE TO RECEIVE MORE GRACE TO PRODUCE ENOUGH TO ABOUND TO EVERY GOOD WORK.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
- COMES FROM RESOURCES GOD FURNISHES TO LIVE ON AND SOW SEED WITH TO START A CYCLE OF INCREASE.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
- MAKES US MORE GENEROUS PEOPLE NOT JUST PROSPEROUS.
2 Corinthians 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
- BENEFITS BOTH THE GIVERS AND RECEIVERS AND CAUSES PRAISE AND THANKS TO GOD.
2 Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.