"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

Principle Reviewed

A theology of giving

'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ(2 Cor. 8:9). Paul knew the material need in Jerusalem when he challenged Corinth to be generous. But beyond a heartfelt response to physical need, Paul understands obedient generosity as a sacrament of God's grace and a sign of mutuality in the church.
Mature Christian giving will always abundantly meet the material need. It will also go beyond the need and our calculations about what we can afford to give. The question is not how much I should give, but how much of me, my life in Christ and all that God has entrusted to me is reflected in my giving. Generous giving is born of grace, an obedient, grateful response to God's gift in creation and in Christ, and to the commands of Scripture. To practise generosity is to release our grip on wealth and so make wealth release its grip on us. In a world where billions cry for justice and resources are not distributed equally generous giving is transformative.