You should never reject a gift, right? When the car was first offered to me, I certainly had thoughts of doing just that. It was a ragged out old Plymouth Volare with no air conditioning, ripped seat covers, and paint peeling off the rusted old body, not much to brag about …….. The word volare is an Italian word meaning to fly. It would be hard to imagine that old station wagon flying anywhere. But, at the time, we only had one vehicle and two kids. Not wanting to leave my wife abandoned at home, I had been walking to work every day, leaving the car for her. So another vehicle would be useful, even if it was old and worn out.
After I accepted the car, I actually began to enjoy driving the old thing. I didn’t have to worry about messing up the interior ……….. it couldn’t get much worse. And there wasn’t a lot of incentive to wash the outside because, well ……… it was junk heap. It felt like a heavy old tank going down the road so there was an element of security. More than anything, it was a timely gift – providentially given when we needed it most.
2 Corinthians 9:12-15 NIV
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
When Paul penned this section of his second letter to the Christians in Corinth, he used some very complimentary expressions for the recipients – like overflowing generosity and proven obedience. The Corinthian church was giving over and beyond what was required of them and this resulted in hearts that were so full that they burst into praise and thanks to God. Where did this immeasurable generosity come from?
An indescribable gift – God’s surpassing grace…….. grace so wonderful that it couldn’t be put into words.
God loves to give gifts. He is especially adept at timing them so that they are received at just that right moment ……… when they are most needed. His gifts exceed all expectations and bring immeasurable goodness and happiness. His gifts make the heart full, desiring to give back over and beyond what is required, extending the boundaries of grace farther and farther away.
God’s gift of grace propels us forward in a continuing cycle of giving; one person gives to another person in need which enables them to give to someone else. Like that old beat up Volare was for me, there may be items that you no longer need that could be a boost for someone else. Make a gift of them.
Let’s go make some coffee ………. then give something away.