Sunday, October 11, 2020
It's Time to Excel in Giving
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
2 Corinthians 8:1-7 (CSB) We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that was given to the churches of Macedonia: During a severe trial brought about by affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. I can testify that, according to their ability and even beyond their ability, of their own accord, they begged us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints, and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us by God’s will. So we urged Titus that just as he had begun, so he should also complete among you this act of grace. Now as you excel in everything — in faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us — excel also in this act of grace.
Why does God want us to excel in giving?
1. When we give, we reflect His generosity.
2. When we give, we reveal His faithfulness.
3. When we give, we retell the Gospel.
To excel in giving means giving with the right attitude—with joy and generosity. It means trusting our Father enough to give “beyond our means.” It means giving in a way that makes the gospel clear and compelling.
God wants you to excel in giving. Not because He needs your money, but because He wants you to join His work of rescuing and redeeming sinners.