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Through the years, I have noticed that as soon as I mention that the sermon topic is going to about the grace of giving, people either choose to stay home, or at least, leave their wallet at home. Most people have an aversion to this subject.

 

However, if they feel this way, it is all the proof they need to begin to see how the devil has been at work in their lives trying to shut down the grace of God from flowing freely. They need to understand how God always works through the grace of giving, but that the enemy is always trying to put a cork in them in order to stop Him from accomplishing what He wants to do in and through them.

 

This teaching is not geared towards getting more money, like is commonly taught, nor is it about getting more money out of people, but it establishes how God’s grace is intended to flow through us and how money just happens to be one way to measure how much cork is in our hearts. It is as if God has put pipes in our hearts, through which everything flows. It was through this plumbing that Peter felt led to say to the crippled man begging at the Gate Beautiful, “Silver and gold have I none but as such I have, give I thee…” 

 

The grace the man needed flowed through Peter in the form of healing power, but it could have just as easily been money, as it is all the same plumbing. So, if the devil can crimp the pipe of giving, he can effectively stop the power of God from flowing through us.

 

Once I began to recognize the grace of giving at work in my own heart, it helped me to know what to preach and which preaching invitations to accept. It helped me to discern which countries I should to do mission work in as the need looks endless. I has helped me to know who to mentor or who I should invite into discipleship. It all comes through the same impulse to give. 

 

What I present in this study guide is a lifetime of learning about how to be led by the Spirit of Christ. Jesus began to teach this to me early in my walk with Him. I thought He was trying to teach me about money, but He was actually enlarging the flow of grace in my life. Money just happened to the means to do this. I wish I had understood all this back them like I know now; I would have enjoyed the journey more. Few subjects have blessed my life as much as this one.

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