Sowing and Reaping
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:7-11
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
My giving to God increases my faith in receiving favors from God. I know my heart, as does God, and I am never angry at God or tempted to quit giving if I don’t receive His favors. But because of scriptures such as today’s passage, I expect that favors will come my way. I find this expectation a source of encouragement and even excitement at times. I never know what or when, but I just keep daily expecting God’s favor.
Here is why: First, I give generously, and today’s scripture tells me that giving generously means reaping generous blessings in return. How do I know that I give generously? I use biblical “benchmarks” to judge my giving. I exceed giving 10% of my household income back to kingdom purposes. My offerings go beyond my tithe, so I conclude that I am being generous.
Second, I give what I give cheerfully. I thank God that He has taught me these principles of His blessings and that has created cheerfulness in me for giving. Cheerfulness is an attitude; attitudes are results of our thinking; thinking is a result of our mental input. I read my Bible for input. The scriptures have formed my thinking and perspective in life. I choose to believe the Bible and its divine inspiration. I trust its instruction above any other opinions, including my own. Since I’ve made all these choices, it has naturally led me to my present cheerful attitude toward giving. I’ve discovered that I can’t out give God!
Father, your generosity to me is mind boggling. Thank you for the vastness of my blessings and your plans to bless me more! In Jesus’ Name, amen.