This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
AND GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE ALL GRACE ABOUND TO YOU, SO THAT HAVING ALL SUFFICIENCY, IN ALL THINGS, AT ALL TIMES, YOU MAY ABOUND IN EVERY GOOD WORK · 2 CORINTHIANS 9:8
Sometimes this verse is preached as a generic encouragement for us to continue in e v e r y good work through God's grace. "God provides! Continue on in the hard work of mothering, in serving at your church, in preaching the Good News!" And gosh, that is such good encouragement because yes, absolutely. It is only through His power and grace that we're able to accomplish any goodness at all, and don't you need the reminder that He's got this, too?
But when we take this verse out of context we miss the weight of its original meaning and the beauty of its promise. In this part of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he's talking specifically about financial generosity. In verses six through nine he's looking at the Church of Corinth and essentially saying: Those who give generously will reap abundantly for the kingdom. Give cheerfully! And know that God will provided everything for you to do so.
As Christians, we know we ought to be the most joyful and generous givers out of everyone. Christ gave everything-- including His life-- for us and we are to follow His example. But too often we get caught up in our ideal bank account number, selfishness, and fear. We convince ourselves that we'll be able to give once our annual income is x amount of dollars, or that the throw pillow for our home is a better use of money, or that giving will keep us from providing something we may need one day (perhaps a retirement fund?) And certainly there is wisdom in stewarding money well, but here we see that God is able to make all grace abound to us so that having all sufficiency, in all things, at all times, we may abound in every good work. As Paul goes on to say in verse ten, God will "supply and multiply your seed for sowing." The provision to give literally comes from God's grace and provision, not our own! It's like when your parents hand you a quarter before church and tell you to put it in the offering plate as it goes by. They're providing the tithe, you simply and obediently place it in the bowl.
And if that wasn't amazing enough, verses 11-13 say that this generosity will produce thanksgiving and glory to God, which should satisfy our heart's greatest desire. So think about this: He provides the finances, allows us to joyfully play a small part in blessing the Kingdom by putting the metaphorical offering in the plate, and then allows us to reap the reward of watching others glorify God through the tiny role we played. It's incredible, really. As verse 15 ends, "thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!"
As you memorize this week, ask God to provide the seed for you to give generously, and then ask Him to multiply the seed. Ask Him to lead you to people or places that would most be blessed from His financial provision. Ask the Spirit to help you become a cheerful giver. And thank Jesus for His perfect and beautiful example of giving absolutely everything.
Be blessed this week, Sisters.