“For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:12
John Bunyan, the author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” once wrote, “A man there was and they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had.” Of course Bunyan was writing of the Christian. To the world today such a principle of giving is nonsense. But to the apostle Paul it was a reality of the Christian life. He had seen it played out. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wanted to make sure that the readers understood that it was God who was supplying needs through His people and that God was worthy of their praise and thanksgiving. God’s abounding grace extends beyond the mere replenishment of resources. He is powerful, not only to replace resources spent in Christian service, but also to multiply them to the point that at all times and in all things we have all that we need. God was a beneficiary of the generous giving of His people as the “ministry of their service overflowed through many thanksgivings to God.”
Is it a practice of yours to give God the glory and thank Him when He uses you to bless other believers? Why is it important that you do this?