The Grace of Giving – It's All About the Grace
We have spent the last eleven weeks reflecting on “The Grace of Giving: 10 Principles of Christian Giving” by John Stott. As we think back on what we have examined, it is good to remember how vitally important God’s grace is for the Church, the world and for us, as individuals and as a family.
Take a moment to look at the concordance of a study bible (I’m using the NIV) to see the breadth and depth of what the scriptures say of God’s grace, His free gift of love and mercy given to us in Jesus the Christ. (John 1:14-17) It is God’s abundant provision lavished on us in which we are chosen, and called by His purpose, freely justified (declared not guilty of sin) saved, and receive eternal hope and can confidently approach God’s throne to receive help in time of need. (Romans 5:17; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 11:5; Galatians 1:15; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; Ephesians 4:7; Hebrews 4:16)
The heart knows that and understands the greatness of God’s love and grace for us responds in outpouring of love to Him. And it is in this outpouring of loving and thankfulness to Christ that we also give – an important part of which is our financial support of the ministry of the Church. (2 Corinthians 8:1-12; 9:6-8, 13-15). As the NLT Study Bible page 1547 says, “God is not primarily occupied with the amount of the gift, but with the motive that lies behind it. All the money in the world belongs to God. My gift to Him does not make Him any richer; it makes me richer spiritually because of the realization that everything I have is His and that I am giving because I love Him and want to give. Giving then is a key to growth in the new life “[in Christ] giving is very much a part of our praise and worship of our holy Lord Jesus Christ who has sacrificed everything for you and me and given everything to you and me. In fact, the last verse of God’s Holy Scriptures says “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:21
Ascension blessings for a Pentecostal people.