“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” 2Cor9:8
First of all, we need to see that the level of God’s provision is abundance. We also need to note that the key to right giving is grace, which comes only through Jesus, through the cross and is received by faith.
There are two key words in the above quoted verse. They are “all” and “abound.” “All” occurs 5 times, “abound” twice. In no way could the language be more emphatic. In fact, even though most English translations use the phrase “every good deed (or work)” the Greek is “all” good deeds.
If you have all that you need in all things at all times to abound to every (all) good work or deed, there is absolutely no room for unsupplied need anywhere in your life!
Let’s look at the word “abundance.” In the Latin, it’s meaning is “a wave that overflows.” For instance, the Scripture says that “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (or overflows) (Matt 12:34).”
God is not speaking about just enough to get by. He is speaking about providing us with overflowing provisions so that we can overflow in every GOOD deed. If we by faith appropriate His grace, then the level of His provision is abundance. Wow, does it get any better than that?
Please note, however, that the purpose of His abundance is for us to abound in “every good deed.” We are not talking about selfish indulgences. The reason: “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).”
Receiving has a blessing, but giving has a greater blessing. God has no favorites among His children. He wants all His children to enjoy the greater blessing of giving. God makes His abundance available to us so that we may not be limited to the blessing of receiving, but that we may also be in a position to enjoy the greater blessing of giving.
First we give, then we receive. That is faith. Simple? Yes. Then why is it so difficult for most of us? Perhaps it’s that interval between the sowing and reaping. We in America are so used to wanting and seeing immediate results that we forget what Paul said in Galatians 6:9: And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.