Walking in God’s Favor: But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. II Corinthians 8:7
Among my siblings, everyone knows our sister Vonseal has the gift of giving. If you have a need and tell Vonseal, she will get it done. Even if you do not mention your need to Vonseal, when God speaks to her heart to meet your need, she will get it done. She is a living example of how God employs gracious givers to become a blessing in the lives of others and to spreadl His incredible love upon the planet.
I can personally say, having Vonseal as a sibling has been an tremendous blessing in my life. She is a tremendous blessing to our family and to her community. She graciously gives of her time, she graciously gives of her talents, and she graciously gives resources to whatever causes she is passionate about. Anyone who knows her, will tell you how God is moving all over her life and pouring His favor upon her.
Faithful stewards are gracious givers. They are gracious in giving of their time, they are gracious in sharing of their talents, and they are gracious in giving of their financial resources. We all have people in our lives or know someone with the gift of giving.
Ardella and I can personally acknowledge, whatever we give graciously and cheerfully to God, He multiplies it back to us in so many ways. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you”.
Faithful stewards are not only gracious givers, they are motivated out of love for God and for people. The heart of the faithful steward says, “All that I have is Yours, Lord.” When we choose to give out of our love for God, He pours His favor over our lives. If you are seeking God’s favor over your life, begin giving graciously from a place of love and joy.
As faithful stewards, we are examples to believers and non-believers in our circle of influence of God’s sustainable love. God loves us so much, He graciously gave up His Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, loves us so much, He graciously gave up His life. What are you willing to graciously give up to make a difference in the lives of others?
Prayer of Blessing: We thank you Lord for providing for our needs, empower us with Your grace of giving.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama.