Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 6-9
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8
As a farmer who has sowed many fields with seed, I understand the principles of sowing and reaping. If you are stingy with the seed, weeds will come up and choke out the small amount of seed that you placed in the ground. If you sow plenty of seed, it can produce an abundant crop. A farmer must be willing to let go of the seed. We can’t hold onto it and expect a crop! Sowing must be done in faith that a harvest will come. Our hope is in the seed and the Lord’s grace to provide water and weather.
Money is like the seed. It represents our life energy that we have received working or investing. As we give to God the tithe and offerings, it is like seed sown into the kingdom of God. We turn loose of it and let it do it’s work of multiplication. We give cheerfully in faith believing that God through grace will multiply the seed.
I like the emphasis on the word “all” in this passage. “All Grace” abounds to the cheerful giver. The giver has “all he needs” in “all things” at “all times”. Our giving brings thanksgiving to God from those that are helped. God gets tickled and gives you more seed to sow again. This meets the needs of others who again thank God. God gets tickled again and pours out even more blessing and multiplies your seed so you can give even more! More people are helped and thank God and the cycle goes on! All grace abounds and you have all you need in all things at all times! That’s a cycle of overflowing grace that all believers can experience as they give cheerfully!