December 12 | 2 Corinthians 9:6
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, ESV)
Sowing and reaping are often mischaracterized by televangelists. They only talk about this principle with money. Paul speaks of money in today’s passage. But he uses it elsewhere in his letters and teachings. A principle fits with more than just money.
But since we are talking about giving, mostly financial giving, we must learn to be generous and represent Jesus. More generous than anyone, He gave His life to give you eternal life. You must become generous like Him in everything.
Farmers sow a seed into the ground. If they don’t sow enough they won’t reap enough. At harvest time they will be unable to provide for their families. They only gain by sowing generously.
In the same way, when we give money, or anything else, if we don’t give generously we will not see a great harvest. Unlike televangelists who say that you so financial seed and reap financial seed, God can bless you however He wishes.
You may give money to the Lord’s work and receive a spiritual blessing or provision besides money. My grandpa was a minister for many years and could always tell a new story of how God provided food when they didn’t have money to get food. Someone would drop off groceries on the doorstep secretly.
Action Step: No matter how generous you are, God provides all your needs. Find new ways to be generous with everything from finances to service to the Lord.
Jesus, give me a generous heart. I want to be more like You. Show me new ways to pour out blessings upon others. Release me from the attitude of hoarding my possessions.