Practicing Stewardship: Giving Money
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. -2 Corinthians 8:9
The apostle Paul, in this chapter, is rejoicing in the generous giving of Macedonian churches toward the needs of those in Jerusalem.
He attributes their abundance of generosity to the working of the grace of God – especially as it occurred in the midst of their own affliction and poverty.
Giving is a gospel grace. When God’s people give, it is because their hearts are overflowing with the redeeming love of a Savior who utterly impoverished Himself for them.
We don’t give out of a sense of guilt. We give out of joy. Our Savior made Himself poor so that we could be eternally rich. To part with a few pennies (or even thousands of dollars) on earth to help others is hardly a comparable sacrifice. It’s an expression of thanksgiving.
If we’re stingy, the solution is found in staring more deeply at Jesus Christ.