Grace giving is done JOYFULLY. The joy the Macedonian church had in giving had nothing to do with their external circumstance because the Bible declares it was done at a time they were tested by many troubles (2 Corinthians 8:2). This joy in giving during many troubles is supernatural and a result of the inner workings of God’s grace. According to 2 Corinthians 9:7, ‘God loves a cheerful giver.
Grace giving is done GENEROUSLY. The joy of the Macedonian church overflowed in rich generosity. Those who sow generously are guaranteed of reaping generously (2 Corinthians 7.6). Grace motivates us to give with liberality. When the early disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 and Acts 4, the result among others was the selfless giving by members of the church at Jerusalem. They willingly gave up their rights to their personal properties.
Grace giving is done SACRIFICIALLY. Our New Testament models at Macedonia gave beyond their affordability. They gave beyond their convenience. They followed the pattern of the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who though rich, impoverished Himself for us that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). This type of giving is subject to lots of criticism today. The logic is that the poor should only receive from the rich and not give, but the grace of God enables the poor to give the little they have.
Grace giving is done WILLINGLY. There is no room for legalistic giving in the New Testament. No giving should be done as a matter of compulsion. Levies are unscriptural and no form of giving in the Old Testament is mandatory in the New. We are all to give at all times as we have purposed in our hearts (2 Corinthians 9:7). Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that he was not commanding them to give (2 Corinthians 8:8).
Grace giving is done HOLISTICALLY. The Macedonians first gave themselves to the Lord.
The overflow of their love for and surrender to the Lord led to their submission to the Apostles also. Over and above our material resources, God wants our hearts and our souls. You are more precious to God than your money. When your generosity is an overflow of your affection for the Lord and for His people, He is well pleased (2 Corinthians 8:5).