2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Our Availability for His Ability
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. 2 Corinthians 9:8
During the final days of my wife’s bout with cancer and especially during the months following her death, there were times when I felt like I couldn’t provide for my own personal needs, let alone the needs of my three boys. It wasn’t so much of a concern for financial needs as much as it was emotional, social, and mental needs. My dear friend and pastor at the time, gave me some good advice. He said I needed to learn to make myself available to others’ abilities, especially the Holy Spirit to help carry the load. Unfortunately, it is a lesson I still forget even with a new and wonderful wife as we often struggle to get through the difficult times in our lives.
Paul had to remind the Corinthian Christians the same thing as he wrote to them about God’s ability “to make all grace abound to you.” The word “grace” includes every form of bounty as well as the restricted theological sense: the means of giving as well as the cheerfulness of the act. He wanted us to remember that although the Greeks believed, as in our current culture, the crown of the perfect life was to be ruggedly independent and self-sufficient, the true disciple is one that engages in ministry inter-dependently on the family of believers as well as the ability of The Great Provider. The provision of God’s ability as our Heavenly Father is not only for all things we need but also for all things we need to do and the sufficiency is secure in all situations at all times.