Key Texts: Second Corinthians 8:7
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.
In today’s world if you mention the word “excel” people probably think of a computer spreadsheet or an accomplishment in business or athletics.
In this passage of scripture, however, the Apostle Paul writes about excelling in a totally different way. He is writing about an offering – an expression of love in the form of outreach – to those in need.
What really strikes me about the passage though is this phrase from the very end of that section of scripture.
He tells his readers, “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.”
It’s good advice for us too.
We can, and do excel, in many things.
It’s particularly wonderful though when we excel in the “grace of giving.”
It may take the form of an actual monetary gift. It may take the form of an act of kindness, expressed in some other way. It may come in the form of forgiveness, or an understanding, sympathetic ear, or a ride to the doctor, or just sitting with someone who is suffering.
I can think of so many ways you and I can excel in “this grace of giving.”