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‘Thunder, Lightning, and Grace’ by Randy Alcorn #LAFruits Devotional

Reading: Hosea 8, Psalm 5
@thelafamily August 9


Thunder, Lightning, And Grace

The Macedonian Christians understood the joy of giving: “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:2).
The Macedonians refused to let hard circumstances keep them from joy: “They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in the service to the saints” (v. 4). They had to plead, presumably because Paul and others were telling them that their poverty exempted them from giving.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8: “We want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.” How was God’s grace demonstrated? By their act of giving to needy Christians.
In verse 6, Paul calls the Macedonians’ giving to help the hungry in Jerusalem “act of grace.” The same Greek word is used for Christian giving as for God’s grace. Christ’s grace defines, motivates, and puts in perspective our giving: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (v. 9).

Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. It doesn’t come out of our altruism or philanthropy – it comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us. God’s grace is the action; our giving is the reaction. We give because He first gave to us. The greatest passage on giving in all Scripture ends not with “Congratulations for your generosity,” but “Thanks be to God for his indescribably gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

As thunder follows lightning, giving follows grace. When God’s grace touches you, you can’t help but respond with generous giving. And as the Macedonians knew, giving is simply the overflow of joy.

Prayer: Father, give me more grace, so that I will be able to give to your kingdom. In Jesus name.

The above is an excerpt from ‘The Treasure Principle’ by Randy Alcon. To download, please click here