Welcome to Day 12 of the 30-Day Study & Pray Challenge!
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12This 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.13Because 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. 14And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2Corinthians 9:6-15 (NIV)
Give generously and cheerfully!
This scripture clearly displays the principle of sowing and reaping and how what God gives us is to be used to build His Kingdom.
I love this example.
We can’t expect many plants if we only sow a few seeds, right?
How can we build wealth without working and investing?
How can we expect help if we’re not willing to help others?
Give cheerfully and God will bless you abundantly.
And don’t compare yourself to others.
God is more concerned by how we give, not how much we give in comparison to others.
God knows our hearts.
God blesses us to bless others.
He sees us giving generously and cheerfully to others and He wants to give generously to us so we can keep giving generously to others.
See how this works?
We don’t just give so we can receive generously from God.
We give so we can receive generously from God so we can continue to give generously to others.
Sow generously, reap generously.
And doesn’t it feel good to give?
It’s a blessing to be able to give to those in need.
Not just money.
Sometimes money isn’t what they need.
Also give your time, your knowledge, and your skills to build God’s Kingdom.
By you giving, God will be praised.
How do you give?
This is a personal question for you to consider.
God knows your heart.
Lord, thank you for teaching us how to give by first giving to us.
Your Word says that if we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly and if we sow generously, we will reap generously.
I pray that we will cheerfully sow generously so we may receive more to be generous with.
Let us help those in need and give all the thanks and praise to You.
In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.