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{October 28, 2010}   Sowing Generously

I was reading 2 Corinthians this morning and chapter 9: 6-15 said much to me about generosity and it’s benefits.  Paul begins there by saying that “whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctanty or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And 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”

Here, the benefit is ours as believers.  As someone who Christ pulled from darkness to light, my hearts desire is to please Him as much as I can with the life given me.  In the simple act of giving to others what they need, whatever it is, we are further strengthened to give more, to “abound in every good work”.  It my heart this said, “The more you give, the more opportunity and resources you will receive to give more for the purpose of pleasing God”.  That makes me excited because He makes it so easy!  And it also makes it clear to me that pleasing God does not have to be (and biblically rarely is) something extravagant.  It just has to be from the abundance of your heart.

Verses 10-11 confirm this as well:  “Now 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.  You 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.”

And the rest of the chapter is just amazing: “This 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.  Because 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.  And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

So, not only do we benefit by giving to others, others obviously benefit. Not just in what our generosity physically supplies them with, but they may see Christ in it as well and praise God!  “Men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the Gospel of Christ” .  Wow.  How wonderful is that?  It also shows that people need to be able to see by my life that I truly believe in Christ and what he did.  What good is it for me to say with my mouth that Christ saved me from death and an earthly life of darkness if I live like the world?  If I do nothing that shows my love for Christ?  If my focus has not changed to being a focus on Christ and His ways?

So, just in generosity alone, we benefit by being built up to do more, others benefit through seeing Christ in what we do (and therefore may come to know Him as well), and ultimately God is praised for what we do!  Totally sweet.

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Roxana says:

I feel that as we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.

My prayer is that we let our hearts and hands be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path. As disciples of Jesus Christ,we are called to support and heal rather than condemn.



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