walk in the word
Category: Faith, God’s Character, Finances, Relying on God
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6
True or false: Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
The answer: true, but don’t go looking for the verse in the Gospels. Tucked away near the end of the book of Acts, we learn from a first-hand witness that it was Jesus who coined that familiar phrase.
This important concept of generosity is woven throughout Scripture. Proverbs 11:24 says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” Second Corinthians 9:6 repeats, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” God flows grace to the generous heart.
Some people look at other’s lives and wonder, “Why don’t I have what they have?” and “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers like He answers theirs?” They may speculate on all the horizontal reasons, but I can tell you why. The flow of God’s blessing into their lives has been plugged up by their own stinginess. They are not experiencing the grace of giving.
One of the most important decisions you make as a believer is to give your tithes and offerings to the Lord’s work. I know that people abuse and twist this for their own advantage, but that doesn’t give us the luxury to ignore what God’s Word says. God knows what you give. Every time that offering plate comes down the aisle, He sees you take that huge step of faith, cheerfully giving what you can. But His blessing is stopped up if you sit there fearfully, miserly withholding saying, “How will I get by?” or “If I give to God who’s gonna take care of me?” I’ll tell you who—God will! Do you think you can out-give God? Do you think He will ever disappoint you? No—He’s waiting to give back to you. He may bless you financially, or in answered prayer, or in health and strength. But no one can out-give God.
The Old Testament closes with the passage in which God welcomes you to put His generosity to the test. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
I so long for you to experience however God would desire to bless you. It is more blessed to give than receive. I challenge you in Jesus’ name to experience God’s grace that flows to the generous heart.
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