“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (II Corinthians 9:15)
Many of us have heard the expression “the gift of giving”, and the Bible does teaches that giving is a gift. But it may also be a gift in a sense that one might not expect!
We might think of giving in terms of our giving a gift to God, or to meet the needs of others, as a gift to THEM. And there is certainly the sense in which that is true. But in II Corinthians 9, we see giving as a gift in another way: in which the ability to give is actually a gift from God to US!
In this chapter Paul describes how the giving of the Corinthians allowed them them to receive many blessings:
— :8 says it allowed them to participate in the grace of God.
— :12 indicates that it gave them the privilege of meeting the needs of other people.
— :14 says it caused them to be prayed for by the recipients of the gift.
— and that same verse indicates that it knit them together with these people in sweet fellowship as they “yearn for you”.
— and :13 asserts that it helped them to fulfill man’s highest purpose in life, which is glorifying God. (:13)
So in a very real way, although the Corinthians were GIVING a gift; actually the ability to participate in this giving ministry was a GIFT from God to them!
We should not be surprised at that; Jesus said in Acts 20:35, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” This chapter helps explain how that is indeed so — in many ways. So if you are able to give: to the Lord and to His people through your church, or in other personal ways, be grateful. It is actually YOU who are receiving a great gift from God!