And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
On the outskirts of the city of Corinth there were farming communities. Even though the main activity was in the city, there was still the understanding of agriculture which most everyone would be familiar with (unlike 21st Century America!). Paul used these images to teach about generosity. “Sow sparingly and you’ll reap sparingly…”
The promise of Scripture is that God will supply all that we need and more! Our material needs will be taken care of by our Heavenly Father AND He will give us the resources to be generous… and God loves a generous, cheerful giver! Doesn’t it seem amazing that God will provide the means for us to please Him? It brings joy to His heart when His children give away generously what He has generously supplied to them. This kind of living reflects His character. It continues His blessings to others and it brings praise to God from the lips of those who are the recipients of such generosity.
And God supplies the means! All of it.
You would think that God would be receiving glory every day, all the time! But He doesn’t. Why? I think it’s because humans are sinful, selfish and have little faith. Huh. Yes, we can be loving and generous too, but that’s not our default. And usually when we are loving and generous we make a big deal out of it instead of deflecting all the glory to the Supplier who has enriched our lives in every way.
Father, may my heart be generous this day and may the resources You’ve provided me bring honor to You.