Giving is a Grace By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, August 12, 2019
Topic: Giving is a Grace
2 Corinthians 8:1-10; Philippians 4:10-23
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
1 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.
The kind of giving the Macedonians did was not a natural disposition but an act of the grace of God bestowed upon them. God gives us grace to do the things He instructs us to do; giving is one of those things, which require grace to do. In talking about his personal ministry, the apostle Paul said he was what he was by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Preachers have the grace to preach while givers have the grace to give. Those who have the grace to give do it in ways and at levels ordinary people don’t. Anybody can give out of their abundance but to give in spite of one’s poverty demands grace. It is easy to give something little out of much but to give much out of little has to be an act of grace. Again, the average person can give sometimes but to give always is a gift of God.
The apostle Paul added “giving” to the list of spiritual gifts in Romans 12:5-8. It is a wonder to observe individuals and congregations who have the gift of giving do so with joy and simplicity. Such people see giving as the role they are called to play in the Body of Christ. They consider it a privilege to give and are not boastful about it.
Pray for the giving grace.
“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba
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