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Pandemic Perspective – Part 67 Bountiful Blessing – Part 4

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Not only is He able to abundantly supply but His abundance can cause us to:

  • Abound 

God’s goal is not for us to get by but to abound in every good work. The reason every grace abounds is so that believers can abound in every good work. In reality we can only dispense what we have received, whether it be material, Acts 14:17: “but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” or spiritual, Romans 5:17: “For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” As we let God’s abundance flow through our life and into the lives of others God keeps pouring into us, but when we selfishly stop serving God shuts of the spigot of blessing. He doesn’t just give so that we can be enriched but so that we can abound in enriching others through our good works. He pours into us so that we can pass on the blessing. He soaks us with grace so that we can serve not so that we can sit and be selfish. Today we have limited God’s gifts to physical prosperity, money and material things, but God cares more about character and conduct than coins. The reason God gives us His grace which results in good works is because good works develop our character and conduct. As the grace of God enriches us morally and spiritually, we grow in Christian character and conduct. As we are filled with the fullness of Christ, we are free to faithfully serve. In our character and conduct we are called to copy God in the grace of giving, and as we do the inexhaustible resources of God’s grace will fill us to overflowing, as 1 Corinthians 15:58 says: “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” God’s grace is always abundant; it always leads to increase not decrease, even when it involves parting with our precious possessions. Do you believe God is able? Will you allow the fountain of God’s grace not only to flow in you but to flow freely through you? God wants to touch the world through you, to bless you not only to be a grace bearer but a grace giver. Will you become a receptacle, a reservoir so that God can do what His grace so desires to do in you and through you?