The Grace Way of Giving,
We continue with the study of the
doctrine of grace
giving. This is the ninth in the
series. We read in the Word of God,
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
of it, not by
constraint but willingly, not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind. Remember them who have the rule over you, who
have spoken unto you the Word of God whose faith follow considering the
their manner of life. Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
dividing the Word of truth. If any many
speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.
If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability
which God giveth,
that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ to whom be
and dominion forever and ever.
Negative volition toward the pastor
teaching authority which
God has placed in every local church relative to Bible doctrine
takes a variety of expressions. The
Scriptures which we have read this morning declare that that authority
that that authority is to be listened to, that that authority is to be
respected, and that when it is rejected, you are not dealing with a
being, but you are dealing with God Himself.
This negative response toward the
teaching authority which
has been placed in the local church takes a variety of expressions. It may have been expressed by you in the
phrase, “I don’t have to believe what the pastor-teacher
says.” Or it may have been in the
phrase, “Oh, I
don’t believe that. Do you?” Then there is an appeal to some authority,
hopefully to counter what you don’t want to believe.
Or you may have said, “You make it sound like
that’s what the Bible teaches.” A
recently said this: “The thing I
like Berean is that they make it sound like what’s what the Bible
this certain subject that he didn’t like.
Or you may have said, “Other good men hold
different interpretations of
that.” Another favorite is,
“Who does he
think he is, God?” Or as one lady
“You make us feel that that’s the way it has to be.”
All of these are a variety of
expressions and we all have
our various and own kind. All of them
sum up and add up to saying, “I’m negative toward the
and what it’s saying in that local assembly.
So I must remind you as you are confronted with
people who say this to
you that immediately that anybody ever opens his mouth to you in
toward what has been taught from the Word of God, that you remind the
who is giving you the negative reaction that it is necessary for him in
very next breath, and I mean before he says another word, as soon as he
uttered a negative expression, in the very next breath, he must utter
explanation of his negative response: “I
don’t think that means that because the Bible says this, because
this is what
the Word of God says over here.” Unless
you can say that, you can never open yourself to a person (without
doing it) and say, “Oh, I don’t believe that,” unless
immediately you follow
with, “Because the Bible says this.”
Keep your mouth closed until you have checked out to
be sure that the
teaching is wrong and that you are right.
Sometimes we take a contrary view
simply because we haven’t
been around in church often enough to hear that teaching.
I’m amazed how often people are resisting a
line of thought, and I get this from various directions—people
somebody sat in this group, resisting this line of teaching just as big
life,” and everybody who sat in the group happened to be in
church and they
heard the instruction, so they knew what the answer was, and they knew
person was sitting there resisting. So
your resistance may be simply because you haven’t been around to
instruction, or you haven’t taken the instruction, or your frame
is too small. If you’re a beginner
the Christian life or if you’re a beginner as a student of the
Word of God,
your frame of reference is way too small for you to be able to make
judgments as to what is really what God is teaching and what He is not. So be careful about listening to people who
give negative expressions without giving an immediate explanation to
demonstrate that they know what they’re talking about.
The single greatest fact that draws
people together, even in
churches which do teach the Bible, here’s something you may not
noticed. There is something that draws
people together in churches which teach the Bible, and yet the
the Word is not there. It is God’s
desire that people be drawn together in local assemblies, but it is His
that they be drawn together for the very specific purpose of going on
spiritual maturity. In Philippians 3:14,
the apostle Paul says, “I press toward the mark of the prize of
calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us
therefore as many as be perfect be thus minded.
If anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal
even this to
So what God says is that here is
single-mindedness. Here you have a church. Here you have a leadership which is
single-minded. Now who is going to be
drawn? Well, here’s the believer. He’s single-minded.
He’s drawn there. Here’s
another single-minded believer and
he’s drawn there, and so on. All
are believers who attach themselves to this work because they’re
single-minded. They are devoted to
pressing for the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ
fulfilling God’s plan for their particular life.
Because they are single-minded in purpose,
they are response and positive to that single-minded purpose.
However, suppose you get somebody who
is double-minded. For a while he may have
and attached here. When he becomes
double-minded, he is going to flake off down here to the double-minded
assembly. A double-minded assembly is
characterized by preaching that has certain qualifying words. As you listen, you will begin to pick these
up and they should be red flags thrown up in your mind.
They will be words where the pastor-teacher
gets up and says, “Now it seems to me that what this is
saying…” Or, “I think
that surely what this means is…” This
means he’s not sure, or at least if he
is sure, he is giving the congregation an opportunity to be
this reason. He knows that he’s got
double-minded people out there. If he
says this is what the Word of God teaches, it’s going to strike
double-minded person, and this person is going to flake off someplace
So he speaks in such a way that the
double-minded can sit
out there and say, “Well, you just think that’s that way. I think it’s this way, and I’m
still happy to
be here because you left me a loophole.
But when you say this is what God says, and this is
what God expects,
and this is what God thinks, you make it seem like that’s the way
it has to
be. You slam the door shut on my
negative response and on my resistance.”
Now this is the explanation within personal
relationships. You’ll have people
who are single-minded, and
they will gravitate, as single-minded people, toward one another. They’ll have a close-knit comradery, and
hard-hitting thrust. There’s nothing
that hits as hard as single-minded people in a group.
They make great advancements, not
numerically, but spiritually they shake up the foundations of hell
people are advanced into a knowledge and into a relationship with the
But when a single-minded person
decides that he doesn’t want
to be single-minded toward God, and that’s it, but he wants to do
in life too, then he becomes double-minded, and he leaves and finds
someplace where there are qualifying statements as the truth is
presented. The doctrine is right and the
taught, but openings are left for you to be able to sit there and say
it and still be comfortable.
Now this is what we are talking about
when we come to the
subject of instruction concerning grace giving.
There’s a lot of resistance to certain
traditional favorite concepts
like tithing and appealing to people’s emotions.
I am frankly amazed at how much resistance I
am getting to the idea that God does not work by kicking your emotions
and how many people want to resist truth just because they can see the
closing on them—how many people who are trying to go into
and whose characteristic is to be emotionally oriented.
When they hear preaching that says that
you’re not going to go anywhere people and you do them a
disservice when you
play them on their emotions. They go
into a panic and they slam the door and they find themselves someplace
gives them an opening so they can play on people’s emotions
because they hate
to think of themselves in Christian service operating on the Word of
instructing people’s minds, and not able to manipulate them into
easy way—through their emotions. No
Christian can express resistance toward the doctrine of grace giving
with the very next breath he says, “Because here’s what the
Bible says about
giving,” and he demonstrates to you a ground for his resistance.
Now we have been looking at 2
Corinthians 9. We are completing the
second of the great chapters
that deal with instruction in grace giving.
This chapter has given us thus far several
additional principles. We have found in 2
Corinthians 9:1-2 that the
strong financial support of the Lord’s work by a group of
by sound doctrine is an encouragement that other believers will follow. In verse 4 and 5 we found that giving cannot
be associated with the pressure of embarrassment or the invasion of
it is to be a blessing to the giver and the gift is to be a blessing to
recipient. We found that what is given
in legalism reaps legalism, and what is given in grace reaps grace (2
Corinthians 9:6). Then in verse 7 we
found that the decision for grace giving is made in the mind in a way
resentment or a sense of compulsion, and that’s the only kind of
God approves and which God accepts.
As we go through these principles, you
should seal them in
your thinking. This is what should guide
you every time you walk up to an offering box.
This is what God has said concerning how He wants
you to give your
money. It is not enough to give your
money, even if it’s a large sum. If
is going to accept it, and it’s going to be giving on the
blessing basis that
giving must be, and should be to you, and the gift itself is going to
blessing after you’ve given it, then you have to give it on the
principles of giving. Otherwise, God
will not accept it and God will not bless it, even if it makes the
run along smoothly by being financed adequately.
So we pick the exposition up in 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
every good work.” Verse 8 tells us
the ability of God. God is able. The word “and” at the very first
of verse 8
indicates that He’s adding another fact.
He’s continuing a line of thinking here from
verse 7. In verse 7 He said that giving is
to be by
personal choice without resentment and without compulsion, and that God
this kind of a grace giving Christian.
This is the kind of a Christian that God favors and
that He will not
absolutely not give up seeking this kind of a believer.
So, He says, “Moreover,”
and H is now going to add some
information. “God,” and this
God” in the Greek, so it is God the Father who is in view. “Moreover, God the Father is able.” “Is able” is the Greek word
“dunateo.” This speaks of
capacity, and in this case the
omnipotence of God. This word in the
Greek is the first word of the sentence.
You remember that in the Greek when God the Holy
Spirit says, “I want to
emphasize what is most important in what I’m saying,” He
puts it first in the
sentence. This is the word that comes
first in the sentence because He is stressing the fact that God has an
omnipotent ability. This is comparable
to what we read, for example, in Ephesians 3:20: “Now
unto Him who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that
Jude 24 says, “Now unto Him that
is able to keep you from falling
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with
joy. This stress is laid upon the
ability of God and it is particularly laid there when we’re
called upon to
believe something that may be contrary to what is the natural course of
things. This verse says that God is
capable of supplying ample funds to carry on His work.
This may be a little hard for us to believe
because most churches are pressed to pay the bills.
Yet what this verse is beginning to say to us
is that “God is fully capable without any question whatsoever,
and I’m trying
to make it clear,” Paul says. I want
make it very clear that there is no problem, no incapacity on
God’s part to
give all the money in the world that you need to conduct His work.
And yet people are often in doubt
because our experience
does not confirm this many times, seemingly.
People are in doubt of God’s ability.
Yet it is ridiculous for us to doubt His ability in
view that all that
each of us personally possesses. In
spite of all the bills we have to pay, we forget how full the glass of
really because we’re looking at the little portion that’s
empty. This is in the present tense which
God is always able to provide. It’s
the active voice which means that He has the power to do it and He
it. It’s not something He receives
someone else. It’s in the indicative
which means that it’s a statement of fact.
What is it that God here in this verse
is able to do? He says, “God has
full capacity to make all
grace abound toward you.” The word
“abound” is again the word “perisseuo.” This
means to “super abound.” The
God can make something for these Corinthians, not only in abundance,
super abundance. He calls this “all
grace.” This refers to both material
spiritual favors which God gives the Christian.
God is able in superabundance to supply the money to
give and the
spiritual condition necessary to give.
It takes two things to carry on grace giving: You have to have a right condition in your
soul, and that comes from the learning of the Word of God.
That comes from letting God teach your human
spirit His principles of operation relative to the handling of material
things. First of all you have to have
that. Then you will have capacity to be
able to give under grace. Then you will
be ready to give, and then God comes through with the second thing and
you the money to give. Both of these
things are an act of God’s grace.
It is difficult sometimes for us to
remember why we have the
money that we have. People who have
accumulated some money in life are tempted to think that they did it
their hard work. If you will think back,
you will be surprised how often people have said, or you know they have
that they have come to a place of considerable material possessions in
life. If they were to explain it to
themselves, they’ll come up with the expression, “I worked
hard.” Or if they are going to
explain it to their
kids, how did you come to that point of material provision, they would
“You’ve got to get out and work hard.”
Now that’s included, that’s true, but
that’s not the primary. It’s
starting in the wrong place to tell
people that they may accumulate material things if they work hard.
The same idea may be conveyed by the
compliment to yourself
that it’s your ability, that it’s your cleverness, or that
it’s some capacity
you have. Well, if you are wise, you
will recognize that it is God who has all ability.
He has it all the time, and at any point that
He chooses, He can use that ability to provide you with material
that’s exactly what He does. It is
wealthy, and He can do with it what He pleases.
Have you ever noticed how often God
gives some of the
dumbest people the largest amount of money?
Some of the dumbest people you know are some of the
they? Some of the dullest you know are
some of the richest. That’s grace
for the dullest, the most unimaginative, the most unenterprising, the
and no-account. It is the grace of God
for what he’s got, as well as those who are enterprising and who
work hard and
who plan and who think. It is important
to remember that it is God’s ability, it is God’s
possession, and He is capable
of making grace abound toward you in material things and in spiritual
So as you have some money to do
something with, the first
thing to learn is that it is God who gave it to you, and therefore it
you a perspective from which to deal with that money.
You’re dealing with what belongs to Him, with
what He gave you. Just remember that
tomorrow all you clever people and all you physically capable people
so energetically devoted yourselves and accumulated so many things in
may wake up tomorrow morning a raving idiot who can’t do another
thing. Or you may wake up a lingering
can’t even get out of bed again. That
will be the end of the line. It is the
grace of God that gives us capacities, and it is His grace for whatever
through those capacities.
So the purpose of God who is able to
make all this grace
abound toward us is that “ye having all sufficiency…” The word “sufficiency” is the word
“autarkeia.” This is a
philosophical term used by the
philosopher called the cynics and by the stoics. It
was a word to designate the favorite
virtue of these people—self-sufficiency.
There was nothing that a stoic was so proud of as
the fact that he was
self-sufficient. He didn’t need
friends. He didn’t need sympathy. He didn’t need comfort.
He didn’t need material things.
He just didn’t need anything.
He schooled himself and he trained himself so
that within his own being he found everything that he needed. He moved through life so that he was not
dominated by anybody or anything—fully sufficient.
Now the New Testament takes this same
word and it uses it in
the sense of a complete supply, but a supply which does not come from
which comes from the grace of God. God
is able to give us a complete supply of all that we need—in all
spiritual and material. Again we have
the word “may abound,” the same word as before
“perisseuo,” that in all things
we may super abound. We may super abound
particularly in what? To every good
work. Now this does not mean that we
would super abound in doing good works.
What this verse is saying is that God is going to
provide you and me
with the money that we need in ample amounts to perform the good works
has designed for us to perform. He is
not calling on us to perform. That’s
idea, but what this verse is saying is that God is perfectly capable of
you everything you need financially to do His work.
This is a very precious principle. There are times when we may feel that we do
not have the funds to do what we think we should be doing.
It should signal to us that perhaps God is
saying, “I am not supplying the funds that I am perfectly capable
of giving you
because it is not my plan, at least at this point, for you to be doing
thing. What I plan for you to do is
this. And when you start doing this,
I’ll start flowing the money in to pay for doing that. But I will not supply you with the funds to
do this. This is the way God works. He has ability and He will provide, but He
will do it on the basis of our fitting into His plan, not fitting Him
So, there is a sufficiency, spiritual
and material, by
grace, so that we are capable for every good work.
So he says in this verse, “Moreover God has
the ability to make every grace to super abound to you that always
sufficiency in all things, spiritual and material, you may super about
good work. You have the provision to
The principle is this, in verse 8: God is constantly able to supply the believer
with the superabundance of both spiritual and material capacity in
he may produce divine good. Grace
provides the motivation in the soul through doctrine, and money gives
means to do it. Spiritual and material
blessings—they’re both necessary, and God by grace provides
them both. This is one of the greatest
challenges of the
Christian life, to be able to give by grace because you have to
the natural greed of our old sin nature.
It is not easy to give by grace.
This is not a natural function.
This is an alien function to the believer. It is something that only through the Word of
God he gradually develops the character of soul and then the capacity
to perform the act of grace giving. So
every time a believer priest walks to an offering box to worship God
gift, it’s an expression of God’s grace in both spiritual
Now verses 9 through 11 tell us that
God will do something
else very wonderful with what we give Him.
He has not only given us a provision that we use for
our necessities of
life. What we take of what He has given
us and invest it into His work, He creates a multiplication effect upon
it. Things begin to pile upon us. Verse 9 is actually a quotation from Psalm
112:9. “As it is written, he hath
dispersed abroad. He hath given to the
poor. His righteousness remaineth
forever.” “It is
written” is the Greek
word “grapho.” This word is in
perfect tense. The perfect in the Greek
means it happens in the past and then the effects continue to the
present. It continues, but it began in the
past. What this is a reference to is the
inspiration of Scripture. It is passive
voice which means that the men who wrote the Scriptures weren’t
making it up,
but God the Holy Spirit was moving them to record these things.
So here is a declaration of divine
from God in the Bible, the Word of God, and it is permanent. The Word of God is living and powerful and it
is eternal. This is something that Satan
cannot destroy. The Bible tells us that
man must live not by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from
mouth of God. This is why Satan would
like to destroy the Bible, but the Lord Jesus Christ says His Word
pass away. It is eternal.
It is permanent. Now
what Satan can do is to keep us in
ignorance of it, and that’s exactly what he’s trying to do.
“It is written” is a
technical phrase which is a way of
introducing a quotation from the Word of God.
Here it is Psalm 112:9 that is being quoted. This Psalm is talking about a God-fearing
man. The first verse identifies what
he’s talking about: “Praise ye
Lord. Blessed is the man who feareth the
Lord, who delighteth greatly in His commandments.”
Here is a man who loves the Lord who is interested
in the Word of God who is positive toward doctrine—responsive to
commandments. He says, “He hath
dispersed.” The word
“skorpizo.” This word actually
scatter.” This is a godly man who is
scattering, and in this context meaning his money, at a certain point
own free volition. This man is willingly
and generously giving to God because God’s grace has supplied him
money, and this godly man is oriented to grace.
Psalm 112:3 says, “Wealth and riches shall be
in his house (in the house
of this godly grace-oriented man). His
righteousness endureth forever.” God
going to financially prosper the Christian who is oriented to handling
the right way. He is going to prosper
this grace-oriented man.
So it says that this man who is
oriented to handling God’s
money has scattered abroad, and he has given to the poor.
In Psalm 112:4, the latter part says, “He is
gracious and full of compassion and righteous.
A good man showeth favor and lendeth.
He will guide his affairs with discretion.” Here is a man who is giving to somebody
called “the poor.” The word
here is … poor not in the sense of abject poverty—the
person who is abjectly
poverty struck. But “poor”
here is a
laboring man, somebody who works for a living, somebody who has
something. But in spite of what he can
secure, he still
has a need. He still has a lack. As there are plenty of people around us who
have material things, but they still have a lack. Their
material things don’t mean anything to
them. They’re just keeping him alive
if they were animals, because they have a spiritual need that somebody
So what he is saying here is that this
godly man has
invested what God has given him in such a way to those who have a need
they are not in privation, but God’s grace still needs to meet
them. We have a believer priest who is
giving his money to God to distribute to these spiritual and physical
people about him. Now this was even in
the civic code of the Old Testament, of the Jewish people.
They were commanded to take care of people
who were in need. Deuteronomy 15:7-11
and Leviticus 25:35 have stringent orders that you are not to ignore
are in poverty, who are in need.
He says that he has given to these
poor, and consequently
his righteousness remaineth forever. The
word “righteousness” here means his general virtue of
giving. The grace orientation expresses
his righteousness—these acts of kindness toward the needy. This is the same thing that Matthew 6:1
speaks of where the word “alms” actually stands for
righteousness. “Let your
righteousness be performed.” This is
the admonition we have in Ephesians
4:28 where Christians are told how to go about securing funds: “Let him that stole steal no more, but
let him labor, working with his hands, the thing which is good, that he
have to give to him that needeth.”
So the Christian is able to do the
right thing with his
money because God has made him righteous.
What he does results in righteous acts, divine good,
forever—for an unlimited duration. His
goodness influences generations unborn, and God always remembers the
use of our money, and He rewards both now and in eternity.
So verse 9 is saying, “Even as
it stands written, he has
given generously (this godly man). He
gave to the poor and his virtue, the good things which he has
abide forever.” Verse 10 speaks
of grace. “Now he that ministers
the sower.” The word
another continuation of a line of thought.
The word “ministers” is the word
“epichoregeo.” This word means
“to supply.” It doesn’t
mean “minister.” It
isn’t “he that ministers,” but “he who
supplies seed to the sower.” This is
used in the Greek language of a wealthy man who would pay to have a
at a Greek drama, at a Greek tragedy.
The Greeks believed that if they gathered together
at a certain time of
the year to view their dramas, their tragedies, that the tragedies
certain emotions in them. As these
emotions would be stirred up in them, it would cleanse their souls. So the tragedies were written in order to
enable the Greeks to cleanse their souls.
It was a religious exercise. Part
of it was having a chorus which sang. It
took a sponsor to pay for this, and this sponsor had to be a wealthy
he had to do it simply because he was going to honor the gods. That was the idea—not something that was
going to come back to him, but in honor of the god he made this
So this word has this as its
background—somebody who is
providing funds in order to honor the gods—a religious exercise. Here the New Testament takes this word and
refers this to the true and living God who makes provision of money for
Christians to use in grace giving. The
word “seed” is the word “sperma.”
word means the material necessary for sowing, for investing in order to
a harvest. In other words, this is the
money. The sower is the believer priest
who is in Christ.
So God supplies seed (money) to the
believer priest, “both
minister bread.” “Minister
means supply, and the word “bread” stands for the
necessities of life. God is going to
supply funds for the necessities
of life. It says, “for food,”
is the word “brosis.” This
something that you eat, for the eating—not food, but for the
eating. God supplies seed for the eating.
Now what is he saying?
Well, what He’s telling us here is that God
supplies money to you as a
believer priest for you to use for your needs.
What are your needs? Well,
God you decide. I need to eat this
much. I need to have this much in the
way of clothing. I need to have this
much shelter for my family. I need to
have this much and this kind of transportation.
I need this kind and this much entertainment, and so
on down the
line. You decide what your necessities
are—not something that you just muddle into.
You can muddle into a whole lot of eating. You can muddle into a whole lot of
clothing. You can muddle into a whole
lot of everything. But as one who
recognizes that God’s capacities is providing you with your
money, you decide
what you need for your livelihood, what you need for the eating. It is not the purpose that you should suffer
privation, that you should suffer lack in order that the Lord’s
work may be
However, after you have taken for what
you need for your
living, there is something left over.
Now out of the leftover, God says that He will take
it and multiply that
as you invest it in His work. In other
words, you take God’s money beyond what you need for your living,
invest it in His work and the result will be that God will give you
money. He will give you the blessing of
divine good accomplishment. God’s
to you will not run out just because you give to His work.
He is not telling you to give to His work and
then you do without food. He’s not
telling you to give to His work and send your kids to school through
weather and the snow with holes in their shoes.
He’s telling you to take care of the
kids’ shoes, to take care of your
needs right down the line. But then He
is telling you that “what you give to Me, I will continue to
resupply for your
investment.” That’s what he
verse 10 when He says, “… and multiply your seed
sown.” This word
“multiply” simply means to increase
what we have given, and this is in the future tense, meaning in the
you give it, God will multiply it.
Now you have the word “seed
sown,” and instead of “sperma,”
we have a different word, “sporos.” This
means “seed sown.” Now here
you have a
comparison between “sperma” and “sporos.”
“Sperma” is seed that you have in our
hand as you walk through the
field. “Sporos” is seed that
thrown out and you have planted in the ground.
“Sperma” is seed that you have piled up
in your barn, that you have
stockpiled which God has given you and you keep adding to it. That seed isn’t going to do anything. “Sporos” is what you’ve
taken out of the barn
and you have planted, and that’s what’s going to multiply,
and that’s where
you’re going to get an increase.
Now God says that there is a certain
amount of seed that is
just going to be “sperma.” You’re
to use it for food, for shelter, for clothing, and for the necessities
life. You’re not going to be
and blessed for that. There’s not
to be any multiplication of divine good from the money that you used on
yourself and your needs and your family.
But what you use in “sporos,” what you
have invested in the Lord’s work,
He says there you will receive multiplication of great blessings, great
good accomplishments, and resupply of the funds to give.
Only what is sown, obviously, can increase. So God will take the money that you give, and
if you give it under the grace principle, He’ll multiply it. He does not multiply what we use for the
necessities of life though it is right for us to use it in that way.
The result will be, He says,
“the increase of the fruits of
your righteousness. Again this is future
tense--the increase from seed sown.
“Fruits” means to produce a harvest.
Righteousness is that which comes from grace giving. Now notice what it says. It
will increase the fruits (the produce) of
your righteousness (of your capacity to produce divine good).
Now here’s another factor.
God is saying, “As you invest in My work, it
will expand your ability
for living.” This is capacity for
your capacity for service, and your capacity for responding to God is
as you give to His work. That’s the
of your righteousness—your divine good production.
This is one of the keys to spiritual development. If you want to grow as a Christian you have
to learn Bible doctrine. If you want to
grow as a Christian, you have to give under grace.
And the more you give under grace, the more
you sow in the Lord’s work, the more money God is going to supply
because you have greater capacity to use what He will give you. The Christian to whom God gives His money is
the Christian who has developed a capacity for using it to produce
blessing. When you take that money and
invest it beyond your needs in the Lord’s work, your whole soul
expand. You become one of those
magnificent people that can give without strings, that is never able to
the point where it hurts because it never hurts. Giving
is a total delight—a giving completely
voluntary with no compulsion and no pressure.
You find yourself giving and you turn right around
and you say, “Well, I
thought I already gave this.” And
give it and you turn around and say, “Well, I didn’t know I
had this. I thought I gave this.” And you give it, and pretty soon you wake up
to the fact that God is resupplying what you’re giving. When God’s people do this, all the bills
paid. He is capable. We
That’s where the problem comes.
Verse 11 says, “Being enriched
in everything, to all bountifulness.” “Being
enriched” means “becoming very rich.”
“In everything” is in the sphere of all
things; in the sphere of our necessities for which God gives us money;
the sphere of carrying on His work for which He also give us His money. “which causeth through us thanksgiving
God, being enriched in everything unto all bountifulness.
The word here is being enriched to all
liberality. “… causeth
(through the grace-oriented believer) thanksgiving to God.
No Christian can ever function under grace
giving without someone somewhere giving thanks to God.
You may never hear it. You
probably won’t. You’ll never
meet him, but money given in God’s
way always brings thanksgiving. The
result someday will be that when you walk into heaven, the test will be
line because they’re going to show you up there how much of your
grace given, and how much of it was waste given—how much of it
was love given
and how much of it was law given.
So verse 11 says, “Being
enriched in all things unto all
liberality which causes through us thanksgiving to God somewhere by
Dr. John E. Danish, 1971
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