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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”— 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NASB)
Growing up, I always wondered what it would be like to be rich. You see, my mom didn’t work outside the home, and my dad was a custodian at an expensive private school. I attended that private school for free, but I didn’t have luxurious “stuff” like my peers. I didn’t have top-of-the-line running shoes, expensive watches, or a nice car. At times, I felt jealous—like I didn’t fit in and was worth less than them—all because my family’s net worth was lower. I desired abundance . . . until I learned the source of true riches and abundance.
In our verse today, the apostle Paul tells us that “God is able to make all grace abound to you.” This means the Lord is faithful to supply us abundantly and with generous liberality every kind of blessing. And if you look back a few verses, you see that God blesses our generosity. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT) we read, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” In response to this, theologian Matthew Henry wrote, “Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seem thrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seed sown, from which a valuable increase may be expected.”
God blesses us so we may bless others, and when we bless others, His blessings and grace abound even more abundantly! He wants us to have “abundance for every good deed,” but those good deeds must be done with a heart of generosity and compassion, the same heart from which the Lord gives to us. That’s why we’re told, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35 NIV).
When I realized I was rich (2 Corinthians 8:9), that I’d been blessed “in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NIV), and that I was called to share this abundance, my mindset changed. I hope you and I will seek after the riches of grace through Christ every day, and that from this glorious abundance, we will generously make it rain on others.
DIG: Read 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.
DISCOVER: What does abundance look like to you?
DISPLAY: Today, thank the Lord for His abundance of blessings, both physical and spiritual. Then, make it a point to be generous to one person. Maybe you can buy someone a cup of coffee, leave an amazing tip, or give a small gift to someone who is going through a rough season.
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.