Friday, November 6, 2009
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written:
"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his 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 made rich 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 God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men 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!
Sometimes I think we the church try to pressure people using guild and judgment to get them to give. Yet Paul says we should give out of cheer, or love. I really think that when we give generously that we receive generously, but we give generously because we are compelled by the grace that has gone out before us. I think that as we encounter God we will be changed, and through that we want or choose to give back out of thankfulness. We don't give to get, rather it is because we get that we want to give.
What does it mean to give generously?
O God, thank you for all you have given. Allow me opportunities to give graciously as well. Amen.