The Grace of Giving Yourself Away for God – My Daily Bread!
Our faith to draw courage from our service to the Lord is taken from the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV, which reads:
“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
These are powerful words from Paul which echo down to us today with as much meaning for our lives. Now of course the Apostle Paul was talking about defending the collection to his Corinthian brothers who obviously had it going on. Did not Paul mention that they excelled at everything: much faith, much speech (preaching), much knowledge (godly wisdom and discernment) and complete earnestness (sincerity of heart); and most importantly let’s not forget they also exhibited much love. Is this a description of your current fellowship? We should all pray God completes us with much of these gifts.
But even in all these wonderful gifts, Paul encouraged them to excel in the grace of giving! I am reminded here that a giving spirit is more than about tithes and money. Having a giving Spirit that honors God is also about giving of ourselves in God’s service for His Kingdom, for His people! When we give out ourselves we open up the opportunity to experience more of God’s grace upon grace poured out on us to the fullness of His measure! This principal is mentioned in the Proverbs which tells us: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverb 11:24-25, NIV)
So what should our giving look like for the heart surrendered to God? Thanks be to our Lord Jesus that He shares the key for His very words tell us: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured in your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6: 38, NIV) Jesus always challenged His follower’s hearts for the Living God. In this simple statement He brought front and center the whole design for man’s redemption on Calvary. For our God provided a good measure in Christ. Was he not “pressed down, shaken together, running over and poured out” on Calvary?
Saints how is your measure? Do you excel in the grace of giving? Is it a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over? The Spirit of God calls upon us to give ourselves away for and to Him. Be encouraged this day to press toward this high calling as you live in the divine grace of your liberty in Christ!
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