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When Does Grace Abound?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I talked some about perhaps getting too familiar with grace, and I want to open up a different side of this.

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; –2 Corinthians 6-8

I think most of us quote the last verse. We like the last verse! God is able to make all grace abound to you… What’s not to like about that?

The issue is the context of this passage though. Paul is talking about giving.

You can’t earn grace (otherwise it would’t be grace, it would be a wage). You can’t worship hard enough, pray long enough, fast long enough, endure long enough, give enough, etc. so as to receive a breakthrough or grace for the fulfillment of God’s promises. When you understand though that grace is working in you, you will worship, pray, fast, endure, give, and everything else.

The reality is, those things don’t get you grace. They position you for greater grace.

A fast is not a hunger strike designed to get God’s attention for a need you feel is worthy (like yourself or situation). Your worship is not a means to manipulate or flatter God into acting on your behalf. Giving your time or finances is not a bribe to grease the wheels of God’s grace.

It won’t work, but when done in the right heart and attitude, grace will abound to you. God promises as much.

When you’re scared and fearful, you don’t want to give because you don’t know what will happen. This is the exact time to sow generously in grace so that you’re positioned to receive a greater grace that proves His provision and sufficiency.

Some choose to stay in a place formerly filled with grace because they won’t give (however and whatever that looks like in obedience to the Father). You may believe you’re in line for God’s promises, but you need the grace that He gives to the humble who will trust Him.

Many tend to want the abounding grace without the gift first.

Give from grace. Worship from grace. Stand in grace. Live from grace. Whatever you have, you can sow bountifully according the grace He’s placed in you. When you do, you will begin to see a greater avenue of grace opened to you.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever used this verse out of context as I have?

7 Comments

  1. You are right on here, Jason! Knowing we already have God’s grace in our lives should make us want to pray more, worship more, and give more. He transforms our hearts, I believe, and this makes us long to be more generous toward others.
    Blessings!
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    • Grace is at work within us! If it’s not, then just maybe, it’s not true grace. Thanks so much, Martha!

  2. Great post, Jason. It is never about following rules, it is about having a humble and obedient heart to do and sacrifice the things of this world trusting completely in our Father’s sovereign hand for all provision. We tend, me especially, to receive the gift and subtly over time begin to worship the provision and not the Provider.

    • You are not alone, my friend. I think it’s the system of this world and sin. What’s been provided becomes the idol of our heart, but He is faithful to draw us back, to reestablish grace in our lives. Thank you, Floyd.

  3. Grace is free, but growth in grace comes from exercising the grace we have already been given.

    In the same way, the grace we have received leads us to a life that desires to be obedient to the grace giver.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..The Baptism of Dusty RayburnMy Profile

    • That’s it exactly, Dusty. Thank you.

  4. This post sounds almost exactly like the words I’ve heard from my Pastor many, many times. He calls himself a “grace preacher,” and says he is so because he needs the grace himself. He sets a terrific example for us by living out what you’re talking about here. Hearing it for the past 10 years has helped shaped a right perspective of grace in my life. My point is that speaking these words of life -- the light of the Word of God -- can impact the lives of those who hear it. This is an important message. Keep speaking it!
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