But just as you excel at everything- in faith, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in your love for us- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
In writing of an offering to help christians suffering hardship, Paul talks about the Macedonian churches who, despite being poor, gave more than they were able to afford. He encourages the church at Corinth to excel in this grace of giving in the same way they excel in faith, in knowledge, passion for Christ and in love for Paul.
Their giving the previous year was an example for many and now they are to complete the work they started. This way the richer churches can help the poorer ones.
The topic of money is often a touchy subject amongst christians, especially for those who allow money to be an idol.
The reality is that as long as we live on this earth it requires money to support those in ministry, to maintain buildings, to send missionaries and to help the poor.
Christians have a responsibility to, as Paul puts it, excel in the grace of giving.
As we practise this grace, we find that God grows our ability to both receive and to give even more.
Father please show me how to be faithful in the use of my money. Teach me to excel in the grace of giving. Amen.