Monday, April 9

Live generously

Scripture: 1 Samuel 6-7, Psalm 72, 2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this:  The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.

Observation

Paul writes instructions for the Corinthians regarding the offering for the poor in Jerusalem.  He commends and encourages their generosity.  One of the reasons to be generous: you can’t outgive God!  What you give comes back to you multiplied many times over.  Paul uses the analogy of planting a crop.  Each seed you sow multiplies many times over; the more you sow, the greater the harvest.  He repeats the idea that God repays our generosity several times:

Verse 8 And God is able  to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. 

Verse 10-11 Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  11 You will be enriched  in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 

Application

Generosity doesn’t cost you; it pays!  It pays to be generous!  In this passage, Paul is writing about money—but the principle is true of everything in our lives.  Jesus calls us to give our lives away and promises that when we do, we’ll find them—life abundant, life to the full.  It is true of mercy, forgiveness, love, kindness, and simply giving our time and money.  Whatever we give away comes back to us multiplied many times over.  You can’t outgive God!  

Live generously!

Prayer: Lord, help me today to live generously, to give away what I have to whomever I’m with, starting at home and moving out into Your world.