We’ve all heard the question – “Small, Medium or Large?” Sometimes we get to choose how much we want. That’s when it’s important to choose wisely – because it all depends what’s being offered.
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Obviously how much of something you want depends upon what is being offered. And how much of it you need. And whether you see it as good or bad.
But God’s approach to getting what you really want flips the equation around.
Today’s verse reminds us of the law of sowing and reaping. It says THE AMOUNT YOU GIVE WILL DETERMINE THE AMOUNT YOU GET BACK.
You cannot reap if you do not sow. If you want forgiveness, for example, you must choose to forgive.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. That’s how Paul put it with the church in Corinth. He went on to say God Himself is the one who provides the ability to be generous in every way. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food would both supply and multiply their seed for sowing and increase the harvest of their righteousness. It is much more than their money that would be blessed, they would see an increase in the harvest of THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Paul said they would be enriched in every way to be generous in every way.
ENRICHED in every way, to be GENEROUS in every way. I know you’re probably thinking about money, so I’ll use it as an illustration. But we’re going WAY beyond that.
Imagine something with me. What if you were rich? I mean “can’t even count it” rich. So rich you make Bill Gates and Elon Musk look like beggars on a street corner. THAT rich! How would that impact your giving??
Your unlimited financial resources would allow you to be incredibly generous, of course. And you’d certainly want to be wise about what you gave and to whom it was given; because abundance is not an excuse for irresponsibility. But your financial position would change the way you looked at the needs around you. You’d develop an eye for the right sort of giving opportunities, and then be deliberate about making a difference.
If it is Christ Himself who is supplying you – you ARE already rich in many ways. You have an unlimited supply of grace, forgiveness and love; He is your constant and unlimited source. Invest it in the lives of those around you. Your family, your neighbors, your friends and work colleagues. Be wise, of course; because abundance is not an excuse for irresponsibility. But please do let Christ change the way you look at the needs around you. Develop an eye for the right sort of giving opportunities, and then be deliberate about making a difference.
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way.
You are already rich, if you are in Christ.
In the world, people often focus only on financial resources to define wealth. Even as Christians we can get caught up in looking at our lack of financial means and convince ourselves that we have nothing to give. The one who tells you that you have nothing to give is the father of lies. He only wants to stop your SOWING so that he can limit your REAPING. Don’t listen to him.
GIVE !!! Give love. Give grace. Give compassion. Give forgiveness. Give whatever He has placed within you.
THE AMOUNT YOU GIVE WILL DETERMINE THE AMOUNT YOU GET BACK