The Macedonians were experiencing financial hardship, even “deep poverty” (2 Corinthians 8:2). In the midst of their difficulty Paul writes that God is able to make financial grace to abound to the Corinthians. He says, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”(2 Corinthians 9:8).
God wants His people to begin to believe Him for financial breakthroughs. As when the plagues came upon Egypt but didn’t touch the people of God in Goshen, God desires to do the same for us. As the Nations go through financial upheavals, God wants to so deal with us, showing a definite distinction between us and the world. Contextually, there are a number of preconditions to this grace in our lives.
Insights into financial grace in the life of believers:
We Must Sow Liberally (2 Corinthians 9:6)
The degree of financial grace upon our life is contingent upon how liberally we sow our financial seed. This includes but goes beyond tithing. If we sow a little we will get little in return. If we sow bountifully (a lot) we will reap bountifully (get a lot back in return). It’s not necessarily the size of the gift we sow as much as it is how we sow proportionately to what we have. The Macedonians gave liberally out of their deep poverty and need (2 Corinthians 8:2). It’s very hard to be faithful with your tithes and offerings when you are not sure how you will make ends meet. However, it is here we reveal we can be trusted with more financial grace (Luke 16:10-12).
We Must Give Willing (2 Corinthians 9:7)
If we give grudgingly, with an attitude or out of compulsion it nullifies the effect of what we have given. We must give in faith and joy because we want to bless God. His people and the work of the ministry. This was the foundation for giving even under the old covenant:
“Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering” (Exodus 25:2).
“Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord” (Exodus 35:5).
“The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work” (Exodus 35:29).
Financial Grace = Sufficiency in All Things (2 Corinthians 9:8)
All sufficiency in all things means that we lack nothing in any area of life. I don’t know about you but I am ready for that. It does not mean that we will never be tested but once we have passed the test and remain faithful, we will have all sufficiency. Many have been going through a time of testing for some time now. During this time of financial crisis, God wants to bring you out into a place of sufficiency. He will do so when things are looking bad everywhere else so that both you and the world will know it is God.
We Must Abound to Every Good Work (2 Corinthians 9:8)
God doesn’t bless us for blessing sake alone. He does so for a purpose. He blesses us in order that we might be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). When He gives you sufficiency in all things He expects you to be faithful with what He has given you. In other words, when you see a need He expects you to take from your abundance and meet that need. Take from the blessings He has bestowed upon you and do good with it and that in abundance.
Thanks to God (2 Corinthians 9:11-13)
When we give to meet the needs of others (people and ministries) it produces thanksgiving and praise to God. Paul is literally saying that as we give liberally it increases the worship of God. People begin praising God (increase their praise and its intensity) because of the grace you have shown through your giving.
We Increase Prayer on Our Behalf (2 Corinthians 9:14)
As you give liberally, you are purchasing prayer on your behalf. As you bless and meet the needs of others through your giving, reason dictates they will pray for you more and with greater intensity. “They will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you” (2 Corinthians 9:14).
Let’s believe that God will begin to bestow upon His people an abundance of financial grace, in spite of what may be going on in the world around us.