Giving in the Age of Grace
Bible Text: II Corinthians 9:1-10 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | II Corinthians 9:1-2: The Corinthians had expressed such a willingness to give to the Lord’s work that Paul bragged about their zeal to the Macedonians. It is very easy to purpose to give to support God’s work.
II Corinthians 9:3-5: Paul tells them “The time has come to make good on your promise to give to the Lord’s work”. “Don’t let my boasting be in vain”. The Corinthians had purposed to give and committed to give, so now they are called on to follow through and give. Too often we know what is right and we purpose to do right, but we fail in fully pulling it off (Romans 7:15).
There are two major reasons people fail to sacrificially support the Lord’s work:
1. They really view what they have as their own.
• It’s not ours, it is God’s (I Corinthians 4:7) and we are merely stewards
(I Corinthians 4:2).
2. They think by giving to God they will lack necessities.
• God blesses those who bless His work (Luke 6:38).
• He has the resources to do so (Psalm 37:25).
II Corinthians 9:6: If you support God’s work bountifully, you can rightly expect bountiful fruit and rewards. The fruit is the knowledge that God’s work is being done due to your support (Exodus 35:4-9 & 21 and 40:1 & 2). (Israel gave for the tabernacle and saw it built). The reward is not a financial windfall in this life. The reward is a Heavenly reward (Philippians 4:15-17).
II Corinthians 9:7: We are to give cheerfully and from the heart. It should be a source of joy to support God’s work and know it is possible due to our support. We should not give beyond our means or grudgingly.
II Corinthians 9:8-10: If people give as they ought, they will not go broke for supporting God’s work. If people give cheerfully and willingly, God will ensure that their gift is sufficient for His work.
From time to time we should examine our own giving and prayerfully consider if we are doing all we should (Psalm 139:23 & 24).