To give freely is to give by grace. To give by grace means to give just for the fun of it without any expectation of receiving a reward for such giving. That we are saved by grace means that God wished to bestow salvation and bless us with its benefits. God gave us salvation not because we deserved it but only by God’s grace.
Aside from life, salvation is the greatest present from God to us. By grace, in fact, we receive many other blessings from God; food, housing, clothing, job, family and friends. But God especially gives a community of believers in which we can participate and find nurture and support. By God’s grace we have the church, the body of Christ, and we find joy through participating in its life.
In all the varied circles of social interaction that comes our way each day, we are provided rich opportunities to “give by grace” to those around us from what we have received from God. Material, emotional or spiritual help, given out of the joy that fills our hearts, is a way to respond “in grace” to the “incomparable” riches of the gift of God’s grace that we are experiencing as our own lives become more and more transformed into the fullness of Christ.
Rev. Eduardo Montoya
How would you interpret this statement in the light of your life experiences: “the incomparable riches of his grace?” (see Ephesians 2:7)
What are the “good works which God prepared in advance for us to do?”
If we are able to relate grace to the attitude of giving, how then do you relate the concept of grace to the service of stewardship?
How Do I Act
Share with someone a special moment when you experienced the greatest joy in giving. What was the gift you gave? Who was the recipient of your gift? Why do you think your experience was such a joy in giving?
Organize a debate with a small group of friends about the statement: Are we giving by grace when we feel pain in giving something we love?
What feelings would you have if by some circumstance you had to give one of your children up for adoption? Reflect on God’s feelings as God was giving Jesus to be human and die.