“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”    2 Corinthians 8.9

The world hoards, the world builds bigger barns, and yes the world gives, but not sacrificially.  Many people give for recognition, reputation, tax benefits and out of mere token of their bank accounts.  But the people of God give differently because of God’s grace in us and on us (8.1).  We give generously and abundantly in a way that shows we are seeking God’s kingdom first and we are not given any credit, nor should we desire any! We give differently only because God grants grace.  One of the effects of God’s grace working in our hearts is a desire to give generously to those in need, to God’s work in our communities and in the world. The stunning thing about the Macedonians spirit of generosity was that is lived out in the midst of severe affliction and extreme poverty. And not only that, they overflowed with joy in the midst of affliction and poverty!  They did not allow their circumstances to dictate how they would live their lives.

Granted, our country’s present financial circumstances are no where near the Macedonians and neither are most Americans’, but what do we hear all week long about our current woes? Fear, anxiety, grumblings, worries and promises, assurances and more plans.  But what does God’s Word tell us about God’s enabling grace that He pours out upon His people by His Spirit?

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