Humans are made for abundance. But what exactly does “abundance” mean? Is it about material, emotion, or relationship? Is it an abundance of perspective or possessions?
How we define the term “abundance” is a critical choice that will play a definitive role in the way we live our lives.
Material abundance can cause what we possess to come to possess us. Our fear of loss can rob the joy we seek. Something that provides sensual pleasure can become an addiction.
Conversely, our possessions, circumstances, and relationships can lead to a greater impact as we seek to serve others with our gifts. Material abundance can become a blessing to others. Taking pleasure in the right things can lead to a life filled with thanksgiving. And social abundance can provide the opportunity to be a great example.
This verse tells us the correct abundance to seek. God’s grace. Grace is the truest source of abundance. When we seek and live the grace of God, we are equipped with the abundance for every good deed. The key to abundance is not the absence of suffering but the prevalence of grace.
God promises that if we share our material abundance His favor will more than fill up whatever we need to do every good deed. When we seek God’s way, he promises there will never be a lack of fuel to do every good deed. It is an amazing promise. It is an amazing grace.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:8