“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
The message of the previous chapter continues here for Paul. It’s at least one of the reasons that he writes this second letter to the Corinthians. He wants them to grow in the grace of giving and to become a truly generous people. They’ve had a measure of generosity in their recent past, but Paul wants them to grow in that! He wants them to grow beyond that.
Generosity is a discipleship issue. As Christ-followers actually follow Christ, they will reflect Jesus in their growing generosity. As Christ is formed in the human heart, the grip of materialism is weakened and, with spiritual eyes, disciples see what is really important. The temporal stuff is used for eternal purposes and faith becomes more than just what you believe on Sunday… it is how you live!
It’s inevitable that followers of Jesus will grow in the grace of giving and reflect Jesus in their generosity. There is a significant and counter-intuitive leap of faith that is inescapable in this spiritual growth. It can be confusing, but it’s invigorating! Here it is:
We receive more abundance as we give our abundance away.
This is such a walk of faith! As you trust God and are generous toward Him and others, He provides more. He doesn’t just provide more cash, although He might, I guess. God provides more ‘seed to the sower.’ He provides more ‘seed’ so that we can be generous ‘on every occasion’ (vs 11).
If you take a pound of seed and plant it, you reap hundreds of pounds of harvest. What’s in-between the gift of seed and the blessing of harvest? TIME. This is absolutely a walk of faith! You are given the seed… you plant it… you can even tend it diligently, but Who makes it grow? This is the Kingdom of Heaven!
Jesus said that the seed grows overnight, and that we don’t even observe it happening (Mark 4:26-29). There is love and trust and faith all throughout the invitation for us to follow Jesus and be a Generous People.
May it be so of me, Lord Jesus. Please release the grip of that this world has on my heart and grant me grace to grow in giving. May my generosity increase and reflect Yours! This is all for Your glory.