2 Corinthians 9:8-10

In 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 Paul continues to explain God’s economy of giving. As we give, we must be persuaded that God is able to reward our giving. Just as God is able to make the sowing of seed abound to a great harvest, so God is able to bless our giving. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Materially, God may bless our giving by promotions with better pay, unexpected gifts of money, or by making things last so we don’t suffer the cost of replacing them. Spiritually, God may bless our giving by freeing our hearts from the tyranny of greed and materialism, by giving us a sense of blessing and happiness, or by storing up rich reward in heaven. God is able to bless us in many ways.

Paul makes it clear that when we give, we will have sufficiency in all things at all times. The ancient Greek word for sufficiency (autarkeia) may also be translated contentment. God gives a special gift to the giving heart: always… all contentment in all things. That is a lot of all! It’s easy for many Christians to say they have this contentment; but whether they have it or not is often more truthfully known by their spending and shopping habits. When we live and act without contentment, we are trying to fill needs in our lives. It might be the need to be “somebody,” the need to feel secure or cared for, or the need to have excitement and newness in our lives. Most people try to fulfill these needs with material things, but they can only really be met by a spiritual relationship with the God who made us.

But wait, there’s more goodness that results from freely giving. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. God wants us to be channels of blessing, not reservoirs of blessing. “As it is written,”He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” God gives to us so that we can be a vessel that He can use to give freely to others. We are not to be like the Dead Sea, with only things coming in but no outlet. The result of that is that things are dead. Paul is not trying to say that generous giving makes us righteous but gives evidence of a right standing with God. When we have Jesus as our Lord, we give.

Paul recognizes God as the great supplier. Whatever we have to give was first given to us by God. He owns it all and provides to us that we may give freely as He directs. We should never pat ourselves on the back for what we give – because it all comes from God. Paul prays that what is given will be multiplied which is what God can do with what we give. “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.” Paul prays that God would increase these fruits that grow from their giving. Giving is a powerful way to be used by God to bear fruit and bring in a harvest!

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