“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2Co 9:8)
Looking a little closer at the Corinthian passage we can see a definite cycle in motion here. God is able…. TO MAKE all grace abound to you…. SO THAT in all things at all time having all that you need…. YOU WILL abound to every good work.
There are a series of triggers here, each one leading to the next. This is a verse that fires in sequence. As long as we are willing to let the firing sequence occur, we will live in the flow of God’s blessing. This in a nutshell is The Resource Revolution.
God goes first, and we respond. And as long as we continue to respond He will continue to make all grace abound to us.
In the same way that Spring Time leads to Summer, and Summer yields to Fall, and Fall succumbs to Winter – only to have Spring burst forth yet once more – so the Resource Revolution moves in a constant cycle of receiving and giving. God begins by giving us grace, which we receive. We then give as God has blessed us, and He increases the flow.
To make the point unmistakably clear Paul switches to the metaphor of farming. “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”(2Co 9:10-11)
I must confess there was a time when I found this too hard to believe. Burned by tel-evangelism hype and beleaguered with the fact that most churches struggle continually with small offerings and good will donations of stuff nobody else wants any more – I mustered enough of an attitude about it to complain to the Lord in prayer one day.
“Is this really true, Lord? I know the Bible says so, but everywhere I look I see a different picture. What’s the deal!!”
Tomorrow I’ll tell you what He said to me about it.