But just as you excel at everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in you love for us- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Paul notes that the church in Corinth excels in many things and he now encourages them to excel in the grace of giving generously.
Christ put aside His riches to become poor so that though His poverty we can become rich. The Corinthians had been the first to give, now Paul encourages them to finish the work of generosity.
His desire is for equality. At this time the church in Macedonia needs help so that the Corinthians’ plenty can help them. But later the Macedonians’ plenty will be able to help the Corinthians in a time of need.
The world encourages us to hold tightly to what we have because resources are scarce and there might not be enough to go around.
Christians are to share for precisely the same reason. This is not a communist approach where the state determines who gets what. Rather it is a spirit of generosity where those who have plenty share with those in need.
In practical terms, I have discovered that as long as we keep sharing what we have and keep money circulating, nobody ever notices that there isn’t enough to go around. Somehow God takes the little that we have and multiplies it in the process of generous giving.
Lord, give me a generous heart so that I see all the things in my possession as opportunities to bless others. Amen.