The Gift of Giving (maybe not what you think!)

“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!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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