Are you serious? Do you really expect me to believe I can give my hard-earned money away and be happy about it? It’s true. You do indeed please the Lord when you give willingly and joyfully to His kingdom work. God wants us to be unselfish and rightly motivated in our giving. He wants us to give—and to give happily. The words “generous” and “Christian” should always go together.
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: ‘He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.’ Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:6-10, NKJV).
But we also learn the great spiritual law of sowing and reaping here. A farmer would never expect to plant just one acre of land with corn and harvest two acres of produce. Spiritually, if you sow (give) sparingly, you will reap (get back) sparingly. And, if you sow a lot, you will reap a lot.
You may not always reap exactly as you had hoped; sometimes it will be something better than money (or whatever you gave). The more you give, with pure motives, the more God can bless. God loves for His people to be generous, and He also loves to bless them.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.