Lifestyles of the Rich in Grace

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”—2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)
 
I remember being a kid sitting in church, watching the offering plate or bucket get passed around. Over the years, I came to notice two very interesting groups of people. One group would put money in the plate and look around to make sure people saw how much they were putting in, while the second group would put money in there because they felt as though people would judge if they didn’t.
Both of these people were wrong in their giving. Why? Because both were focused on the wrong thing . . . They were giving because of the reactions of others.
 
In the early part of 2 Corinthians 9, the apostle Paul wrote about a gift the Corinthians wanted to give the Jewish believers in Jerusalem who were in serious need. The Corinthians wanted to help, and their enthusiasm impacted other churches in Macedonia.
 
And now Paul, who was planning to visit Corinth with some Macedonian brothers, didn’t want to show up without a gift ready because it would make them look bad. But he adds this to his statement, just to be clear: “But I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly . . . And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully’” (2 Corinthians 9:5–7 NLT).
 
And he proceeds to ensure that those who give from the outpouring of their heart as the love of God works in and through them, those who seek to give to help his brother—with no ulterior motive—cheerfully, for the right reasons, would always be provided for by God. You see, Paul understood that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35 NLT) because he knew that “this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NLT). And the reason Paul knew this is because he knew that through Christ and in Christ, he had everything he would ever need (Romans 2:4, 9:23; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 8:9; Ephesians 1:7, 2:7; and so many more!).
 
Today, I pray that each and every one of us can have the same attitude as Paul, understanding the riches of His grace and our great privilege to be part of God’s work in the lives of others!
 
DIG: Read Proverbs 19:17 and Matthew 25:35–40.
 
DISCOVER: Are you satisfied by the riches of His grace and love? How is this evident in your giving?
 
DISPLAY: Out of the cheerfulness of your heart, find a way to give to someone in need this week.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.