"Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also." 2 Corinthians 8:7
In this journey of life aim that you abound in everything; in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in love, and much grace.Concerning grace Paul says, abound in this grace also, and finish it.Understand as a believer, the level of grace upon you. The grace upon Jesus Christ was "that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" 2 Corinthians 8:9. What’s that grace upon us now? Paul says, it is to "receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of ministering to the saints" 2 Corinthians 8:4.It is to prove your own love, and perform the doing of it, "that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have" 2 Corinthians 8:11. Be willing to share, and to do good and communicate, forget ye not.That’s the extent of the level of grace upon each and every believer; to minister to others, with the same earnest care, and to administer with much diligence and great confidence for the glory of Christ. As we’re messengers of his - move with the others also, in the same spirit of grace.
Ministering to the saints!
We believers have a certain level of grace upon us, to minister to the saints, "to exhort the brethren....and make up beforehand your bounty....that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty [generosity], and not as of covetousness" 2 Corinthians 9:5 .
The only thing you’re to covet after folks are spiritual gifts, not to have a great deal of money. Even when you give, let it be a real gift, it shouldn’t look like you were under pressure to give. No true church of Christ should press anyone to give either. You give because you’re ready to give, not that you’re being pressured to give, but "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver" 2 Corinthians 9:7.
God loveth a cheerful giver; "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" 2 Corinthians 9:6. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" Galatians 6:7.
I said we’ve a certain level of grace upon us, it is to minister to the saints. Love the brotherhood. When you administer, do it aright, "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" 2 Corinthians 9:8.
You’ll always want to give more when you begin to understand the level of grace you have. You always have enough for yourself and to share also. Always remember, God, ministereth seed to the sower and "bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness" 2 Corinthians 9:10.
In Christ, you’re "enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" 2 Corinthians 9:11-15.
See your calling my friend, and the grace upon you. It is not that you enrich yourself, "not as of covetousness" but that you share, minister, give and administer! With this kind of ministration those you touch will glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men.