21 Days of Grace – Day 9

2 Corinthians 8:7

2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV
But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

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The Grace of Giving: This passage references a special grace in giving that the Macedonian churches had, especially since they were not rich. Because they had a burning heart to give to support the work of the ministry, they gave, even when they didn’t have much, and God was able to make it more than enough.

Paul was encouraging the Corinthian church, who was so great in everything else, to excel in the grace of giving. You see, they started off very excited to give, full of intention, and then dropped off, even though they had abundance. This special grace of giving, shows that you when you honor the work, your giving comes from your heart and is not based on duty or because you have resources to spare. When we give toward something we really care about, we enjoy our own things better.

This grace of giving makes everything sufficient, everything enough. If we are willing to give, God makes it enough. Indeed our little becomes much in His hands. Jesus is our example, He gave his life for us all and we all gained eternal life. This is why it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our little truly becomes much in God’s very capable hands.

Present your gifts with joy!

Last night, I was mesmerized by the voice of Leontyne Price- Feb. 10th was her 87th birthday.  I listened for hours, first to videos of her performances and then her interviews. I realized then that she is the epitome of the verse Proverbs 16:18 that says A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. The clear perfection of her voice, performances, stage presence clearly demonstrate her steadfast belief that her voice was a gift from God and therefore she cherished it, nurtured/honed it, honored it and then presented it with great joy to the world. She did not just sing, she presented with great joy “thrilling” as she put it, her God given talent. God has given us GREAT gifts and talents that we must WHOLLY embrace and align ourselves accordingly to present with great joy and enthusiasm. Our gifts are really God’s gifts to the world, to make it a better place, to bring joy, healing, solutions, grace to others. Stop hiding your gift – the world needs it.

Leontyne Price NEA interview:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn8mEWvuvMg

Leontyne Price’s last performance at the Met.  the last 3 minutes is the emotional standing ovation she received which lasted for 20 minutes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfP38nd-U0