2 Corinthians 8:7 - 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 the grace of giving.
“See that you also excel in the grace of giving.” This is very important for us to take hold of, but so easily forgotten. It is our nature to be selfish and thinking of others does not come naturally. As we can see from this verse those in Corinth were doing well working on their walk with God, but they were forgetting about their ministry to each other.
This happens with us as well. We will try so hard to work on aligning our lives with God and making sure these other things are in order that we forget about people. Jesus gave us the command to Love God and Love people. By doing this He said that we would be fulfilling all of the law and the prophets.
So, it is important that we excel in all these things: in faith, in speech, in knowledge and earnestness, but we must also remember to Love others through the grace of giving. Giving is a big part of Loving people. We give of ourselves, our time and our possessions. By giving to them we are telling them that we value them more than what we gave up.
There are always people to help, just look around. It won’t take long to find someone that needs something that you can give. God put you there for a reason, bless them. Proverbs tells us to be generous and refresh others.
So in this season of giving don’t let getting become your focus. The old saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is true, but you won’t see it until you give.
Even though Christmas is technically past it is not too late. Find a person or a family and do something for them. Do it for someone who won’t expect it and won’t be able to return the favor. Giving to those who cannot repay you is especially rewarding. I challenge you, don’t end this year without blessing someone.