2 Corinthians 9:8 – God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have abundance for every good deed.
In chapter nine of second Corinthians, Paul addresses being prepared to give financially to poor saints. He reminds us that God is our source. He is able, through grace, to supply our needs. Jesus speaks a great deal about finances in His teachings. Finances are very closely related to the heart of man. Three times in the Sermon on the Mount (the Beatitudes), Jesus addresses issues of the heart as it relates to money and wealth. For example, in Matthew 5:2-4, Jesus teaches not to make our giving to the poor public, to be seen of men.
Three words that need close examination and meditation are covenant, motivations, and generosity. In our next few devotionals we will consider all three words. We will ask the Holy Spirit to establish us in covenant giving, right heart motivations, and generosity.
The giving of the tithe is a covenantal subject and not a legalistic one. The law of first mention comes into play with the subject of tithing. This law means that the central concepts are contained in seed form when a subject is introduced in the Scriptures. Tithing is introduced to us in Genesis 14:20, “Abraham gave a tenth of all.” This is confirmed in Hebrews 7:4, speaking of Abraham’s tithing to Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:5 says, Levi, who was directed to receive tithes under the Law, tithed to Melchizedek while still in the loins of Abraham. In others words, Levi had not yet been conceived. Abraham freely gave a tenth of all to the King and Priest Melchizedek who was called “The king of peace” (Hebrews 7:2). Melchizedek brought Abraham the bread and the wine or “the covenant meal.”
The Lord ties the giving of money together with covenant and relationship. Jesus freely gave of His body and blood to bring us to God. We freely give back of the “sweat of our brow” or the work of our hands to support God’s work in the earth. Paul confirms this when he says, “If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you” (1 Corinthians 9:11)? This is his theme throughout this ninth chapter.
God is our Covenant God and we are His covenant people if we have been born of God’s Holy Spirit. Covenant is our basis of relationship and all we do, including the giving of our finances. Always keep in mind that “God is able to make all grace abound toward you.”
Father, I thank You for Your covenant love and Your abundance of grace. Establish Your covenant nature more deeply in me. Cause me to give with the same heart that You freely give to us.