Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the ways in which I can bless other people. I find that because my life is so busy, I can get so wrapped up in the day to day that I forget to recognize the needs of others around me. God brought to mind these verse in 2 Corinthians 9, where Paul addresses the people of that day regarding service to others. Let’s take a look at verses 6-9:
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
I think that before we tackle verses 6, 7 and 9 of this passage we should consider verse 8.
The word abound means “to be filled” or “to be well supplied” and in this verse Paul uses it to refer to doing something good! The context of this verse shows us that when God puts it on our heart to share our resources with others, He will abundantly bless our ability to give. In all things. At all times. Having everything we need. So that our lives can be generously filled with good works.
No matter what we think we have (or don’t have) to give, the Lord can do so much through us when we are willing to let Him show us the way!
Next week we’ll look at verses 6 and 7 of this passage.