Verse of the Day 1-4-22

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church and to us today about a topic that was sensitive then as it is now. And that topic is giving. As Christians we can give either generously or sparingly, and God will reward us accordingly. And to the Apostle Paul, giving was not a loss, but a form of saving; it results in great benefits for the giver. Paul is not speaking primarily of the quantity given, but of the quality of our hearts’ desires and motives. The poor widow gave little, but God considered it much because of the proportion she gave and because of her complete dedication (Luke 21:1-4).

Since we live in a culture obsessed with materialism and convenience, it is not always easy to make personal sacrifices. But that which is convenient is not really a sacrifice and probably requires little effort or generosity. God wants us as his people to show his generosity by gladly giving time and money, particularly so that others can do and receive ministry. The reward will not necessarily be material or financial, and it may not return to you quickly. But God promises that those who give generously-with a good attitude-will in time receive good things in return. To be sure, God does not want you to give just because you will get something in return. True generosity means giving with no selfish expectations. It is particularly evident when you give to those who do not have the means to return the favor. God will bless those who bless others. When he asks you to believe, trust and follow his plan, he will prove his promises and give you a plentiful harvest for the seeds of generosity you have planted.

And now comes the hard part: putting all this into practice. If you you attending a local church give to that local church, but not because of what I am saying but because that is what the Holy Spirit is leading you to do. What I am asking you to do is allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you to where you need to “sow” your seed so that you can reap your bountiful harvest.

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