Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that can be opened when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Paul challenged the Corinthian believers, “Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.“ (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT)
Paul knew that the Corinthian Church had indeed demonstrated great giftings in the areas that are public-facing. They had great speakers and an attractive flair to their worship services, but he challenged them to think deeper and consider the more difficult side of faith – what about your giving?
And as he challenged them, he made the connection between spiritual gifts and giving. Just as you demonstrate these spiritual gifts, so you should demonstrate the spiritual gift of generosity as well. There are plenty of easy ways to serve God that require little in the way of sacrifice or cost, and then there are those few ways that demand something more of us – like giving out of what we planned on enjoying or using to provide for ourselves.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the ever-giving, unbelievably generous God. He gave. He gives continually. He will never stop giving.