Friday, December 05, 2008

Cheerful Giver

December 5: 2 Corinthians 5-9

6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
2 Corinthians 9:6-10 & 15, ESV

Cheerful Giver

In this, Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul is commending the church for their collection of money for the saints that are in Jerusalem. In this Christmas season, it seems very appropriate to be discussing giving.

Christmas was such a magical time for me as a child; I was just breathless when I saw all of those gifts under the tree. However, I learned, as I became an adult and had children of my own, that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.

Paul makes it very clear that our giving to the work of the Lord is in direct correlation to our blessing from the Lord. When we give sparingly, we reap sparingly, and when we give bountifully, we reap bountifully.

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

He also makes it clear that we must not give grudgingly or because we feel like we must give. Instead we should give cheerfully!

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

When we consider that everything we have, including our time, talents, & treasures, is from God, it is easier to understand that God blesses us according to our willingness to use our time, talents, and treasures to advance His kingdom here on earth.

Pray that, especially during this Christmas season, we will remember most of all to be a cheerful giver to the work of the Lord, as we remember the gift of Christ He gave to us!

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

God Bless You,
Linda

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