Friday, December 31, 2010
2 Corinthians 9
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers ... will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
God gives abundantly...
God inspires within His people generosity...
Gifts are given in honor of God
yielding gratitude and glory to God
which causes the grace-recipients to pray for the givers with "deep affection".
And this is a gift "too wonderful for words". Wow.
The only requirement is to be a good steward of God's blessings and to freely pass them on in obedience to Him. The parts I can mess up is the stewarding and the passing on. I am to be always generous as He is always providing and increasing His supply to me. Back to the stewarding...
Father, help me to be faithful to Your trust, to hold loosely what You entrust to me and to send it on in the condition You desire that You may be praised and glorified. Please help me to always be grateful and to pray with deep affection for those who have passed on to me what You have entrusted to them for me.