A Gracious Work
February 20, 2009
“But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance
and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired
in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.” – II
What is the “gracious work” referenced in the above
verse? It is giving. Think of it for a moment: Paul puts giving
(and here it is referencing the very practical aspect of financial
giving) on the same plane as faith, utterance, knowledge, earnestness,
What do you feel when the offering basket comes around, or when
you receive a request for charitable giving in the mail or on the
- Sometimes, you undoubtedly give gladly; you truly understand
that this is God’s grace at work in and through you.
you may resent the call on your checkbook; giving, but giving
reluctantly and grudgingly.
- Sometimes, you may look guiltily away; you have the money
to give, but would rather keep it for yourself.
- Sometimes, you may not even feel a twinge of conscience
as you let the opportunity slip away, too caught up in yourself
to even notice.
Giving – even when times are tight and money is scarce – is
an outward demonstration of the grace of God at work within us. “Just
as you abound in everything … see that you abound in this
gracious work also.”
- When is it easy for you to give? When
is it hard?
- How do you decide how much to give to the church
and to other philanthropic causes? What criteria do you use?
consider: is your giving in line with Scripture’s