In recent years I have had an ever increasing sense that I would like to be in a position to produce a great harvest of generosity with my own life. I gave up wishing I was rich some years ago but as my faith has grown, so has my desire to dedicate more and more of my life to the service of God. My life has been primarily focused on meeting my own very narrow financial obligations, yet, so far, I have entirely failed to free myself of the burden of my debt. The lure of money has not proved to be a great motivation for me. I feel strongly that a total reversal of priority is in order. At the moment, I can’t give very much away because I barely have enough to cover my costs. I can’t devote my time to The Lord’s work as much as I’d like, because I still have debts to pay. But the more I read, the more I find that scripture is entirely reliable. The more I study, the more confident I am to put my whole trust in The Lord. I think that my passion for God, and this great desire to demonstrate his love to people through sharing all that I have, is a much more powerful motivation to work hard than money ever could be.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NLT
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
I used to wish I was wealthy so I wouldn’t need to worry about how to pay the bills. Now, I long to be wealthy enough to give abundantly to the needy. I believe The Lord wants us to enjoy the great abundance of the banquet to which he has invited us. I also believe that this is a very real abundance that we can reach out and take hold of. I would like to show people in need, the true abundance of the Lord’s provision. My goal is to take seriously the promise in verse 11 of today’s passage – Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
Song of Songs 5:1-8:14, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, Psalms 51:1-19, Proverbs 22:24-25