23rd MARCH 2022
[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. 2 Corinthians 9:6 AMPC
Let’s look to understand the meaning of some keywords in today’s scripture.
Sparingly: In a restricted or infrequent manner; in small quantities.
Grudgingly: In a reluctant or resentful manner.
Generously: In a way that shows a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is necessary or expected.
The Bible calls us to be people who give, regularly (monthly tithe, offerings, service of various kinds, etc) Whilst doing so, it must come from a place of joy because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Giving may not always be easy, but once we do it from an understanding of our identity in Christ, we move away from the myopic view of what it’ll cost us to give generously. We rather look at what is promised to a generous giver, knowing that the blessing of God makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it. God loves a cheerful giver because, by principle, that type of giver attracts His bountiful blessings!
Ever heard it said that “It is not the rich who give, it is the kind?” Well, the Bible calls us to be kind to one another, so give we must! Look at the example that God sets in the following highlighted scripture and let us, through His power at work in us, follow suit. “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:32 NLT
Anytime you are asked to give or decide to do so of your own volition, analyse yourself and make the necessary adjustments where you are putting a restriction on what you are giving. Be it time, money, resources, or anything that seeks to help us be blessings to others; remember the Bible says, freely you have received, so freely you must also give.
Thank You, God, that you gave your Son, your most prized possession, generously for our blessing and enrichment. Help me, by Your Spirit, to be a generous giver. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Reading: 2 Samuel 24:24
Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel [21–24]