Being In Christ – Part 1
March 11, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 2
March 13, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 1
March 11, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 2
March 13, 2013

The Grace of Giving

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Sunrise in North Myrtle Beach 2013

1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Grace is more than a nebulous package of benefits. It’s a real down-to-earth gift that helps us do the right thing and helps us go beyond what we think we can do. It is giving us ability we don’t normally have. With this in mind, Paul writes about one of those special graces.

To wit is the old English way of saying to know. In other words, use your wits to know about the grace of giving. The churches of Macedonia had this grace manifested in their midst. “All the districts of Greece north of the Isthmus of Corinth since 146 B.C. had constituted the Roman province of Macedonia; and the churches, to which the apostle refers, would seem to be those of Philippi, Thessalonica and Beroea” (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, p.111).

For some reason, even Christians have a hard time parting with their money. It really is of grace that we can give. It goes against the old nature—old man to open our wallets and place our hard-earned money into the collection plate. Paul was telling the Corinthian Church to come to a knowing of this grace just as the Macedonians had.

Moreover, Paul said, they gave out of great trial of affliction. Already the churches suffered persecution for their stand for Christ. Yet they gave liberally. This grace of giving moves from a sense of obligation to a genuine willingness to give. They had come to know this grace of giving. They gave out of love. They gave from the heart.

Paul says the key is they first gave themselves to the Lord. They put Jesus first in their lives and through that close fellowship with the savior; they came to understand the amazing grace and the will of God is concerning their finances. They understood the command of Jesus to love one another as Jesus had loved them.

So we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on you.