8/8/19

Good morning!

Text:  2 Corinthians 9  (1 Kings 21-22)

It is through the generosity of God’s people that God finances the work of His Kingdom.  2 Corinthians 8-9 provide us with extensive teaching in this topic.  One principle for us is this:

…whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  (2 Corinthians 9:6)

The more we sow for the Lord, the greater a harvest we can expect.  That makes sense.  But we need care when we handle this verse.  It is tempting to read into this that if I put a lot in the plate on Sunday morning, God will make me rich.  That is not true.  You see, we are workers in God’s field, not owners of the field.  So when we sow, we are sowing his seed.  And when we reap, the harvest belongs to Him, not us.  It is not even necessarily true that the harvest from a financial gift will be money.  But in God’s economy, it will always be an enrichment of God’s Kingdom.  As Christians, when we give generously, there will be rich blessings.  Who knows, maybe that Gideon Bible we finance will bring one to Jesus who later is a a great Christian leader.  Who knows, that kid whose way we pay to Christian camp may be the next Billy Graham.  However the Lord works it, the principle here is always true.  A chintzy gift yields chintzy results, while a generous gift brings great abundance.

in Him, Mike