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 9:8 —
Gus Pidal: Berea Seminary | Spain
Early on as parents, we wanted to make our children aware of the importance of being generous with others. One way we implemented this was at birthdays. We would take the sibling shopping to buy the birthday child a present. Ultimately, the gift was paid for by mom and dad, but we wanted to give him the opportunity to show kindness to his sibling. In the same way, God is the giver of all good gifts. Are you using God’s blessings upon your life to give to others? In His amazing kindness, He provides us with resources, and gives us opportunities to be generous to others. In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul is writing to believers, commending them for their giving. At the same time, he encourages them to sow generously and tells them that God loves a cheerful giver. In our passage, he reminds them to depend on God; Paul tells them that “God is able to make all grace abound to you.” He is speaking of material blessings—it is God who can make grace abound. But for what end? “So that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” The ultimate end of God blessing you is that you will have an abundance—not to hoard but to be a blessing to others, which in Paul’s context, is supporting the advancement of the gospel—the ultimate blessing. Are you abounding in every good deed? Are you using God’s blessings upon your life to give to others? Just as a parent rejoices in seeing his child’s kindness, God rejoices in seeing us abound in every good deed and using our lives to bless others.