The Grace of Giving

Written by Tony Anderson

2 Corinthians 9:6-11: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 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. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 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. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Spiritually, we can trust that God will reward the giving heart both now and in eternity. Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:29, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.”

Giving reveals the purposes in our own heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:21). The ancient Greek word for cheerful (hilaros, used only here in the New Testament) is the root for our English word hilarious. God wants us to give happily because that is how God Himself gives.

Just as God can make the sowing of seed abound to a great harvest, so God is able to bless our giving. Spiritually, God may bless our giving by freeing our hearts from the tyranny of greed and materialism, by giving us a sense of blessing and happiness, or by storing up rich reward in heaven.

Contentment never comes from the possession of external things. A man might have the wealth of the richest man in the world yet lack contentment. God blesses us materially and spiritually so that we will have an abundance for every good work. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. God wants us to be channels of blessing, not reservoirs of blessing.

Prayer: “Father I pray that I may become a cheerful, generous and gracious giver, in every area of my life. Help me to apply the principle of sowing and reaping abundantly, so that others may be blessed, and Your name may be glorified. In Jesus’ Name I pray Amen!”

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