Excel in this Grace of Giving!

meditation“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7 Wow! We’re to excel at giving!

 To excel means to be good at, master, be proficient, skillful, talented, be the best, improve upon, outdo, outshine, outstrip, shine, surpass, transcend—at this grace of giving! When it comes to giving, we’re to be the best we can be!

To excel at giving means we’ve got to engage in it intentionally. Skillful giving doesn’t just happen. We need to deliberately set out to master this grace of giving! To excel at giving is not an after-thought or the “seventh level” of following Jesus. To excel at giving is right there with excelling in faith, love, and following Jesus.

What does excelling at giving look like? Here’s what excelling at giving looks like according to 2 Corinthians 8 & 9:

  • Excelling at giving results from surrendering ourselves to the Lord
  • Excelling at giving means to express our love toward God and others
  • Excelling at giving embraces giving as a privilege and a joy—something we do cheerfully, eagerly and with enthusiasm!
  • Excelling at giving imitates God’s generosity toward us
  • Excelling at giving clearly recognizes that we are conduits of God’s grace, depending on him to enable us to give
  • Excelling at giving also requires diligence in planning ahead, setting funds aside and following through
  • Excelling at giving compounds thanksgiving and praise to God exponentially
  • Excelling at giving amounts to a life-long adventure with God!

©2010 Rob Fischer