by James A. Fowler
In the initial points of this study we noted that God is the Creator, Owner, Giver of all things, and that we can only give out of the means of His gracious supply. Paul writes in II Corinthians 9:10, "Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness."
God provides a continuous supply for Christian giving. When God has a Christian vessel who is available and willing and faithful to be a channel, an open faucet, of the free-flow of His grace without trying to siphon off or create a reservoir for oneself, then God freely provides a continuous supply for giving. God gives to us so we can give to others, and thus participate in the expression of His character of givingness.
God's supply is extensive and inexhaustible. Note the comprehensiveness of Paul's statement in II Corinthians 9:8: "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed...." This statement is made in the context of his discussion of Christian giving in order to explain the inexhaustible supply of God's grace.
The provision, the supply, the sufficiency is constantly given by God. The amount of the gift is not the issue, only our availability to be the conduit of His abundant grace. The "widow's mite" is as abundant as is the "wealthy man's million," because God can take little and make much.
©1999 by James A. Fowler
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