The Miracle of Giving Up
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, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Did you know that God waits for you to give before He gives you more? See, He already gave you all you have, but there is a purpose in His giving.
It's not that God gives with strings attached; it's just that faithfulness is important to Him. When He sees that we're faithful with what we have, He knows He can trust us to do the right thing with more.
Our verses today compare our finances with seed and liken giving to sowing. Now, if we're going to sow sparingly, it doesn't give Him much to work with. But if you sow bountifully, He is going to bless you for that and you will reap bountifully, for 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.
Now, if you've ever wondered what God's perspective is on prosperity, there it is. He's saying that He supplies all things for all sufficiency so that we may abound in every good work. And in all the alls there, don't miss the point-the good works we do with the seed He gives us.
God is saying He will supply seed to the sower, okay? He doesn't say he'll supply seed to the hoarder. He wants to bless you so that you can see this miraculous, faithful hand of His provision showing up in what you have sown.
If you're holding on so tightly, then you're not going to be able to see the fruit of the promise that He will be with you there, that He'll supply for you there, that He'll multiply for you there. He will increase the fruits of your righteousness there so you can be more generous, so you can give more away.
Do you see that word in our verses-liberality? Do you know what that word is? Liberal. You need to become a liberal. And I don't mean politically, but I do mean generously. Become more liberal and generous, so that God can bless you with more seed, so that you can bless more people, so that He can bless you with more seed, and on and on.
You are enriched in everything for all liberality. Find somewhere today where you can be liberal in giving.
Prayer Father God,
Thank You for providing for all my needs, giving me more than just enough so that I can sow seed into good ground! Thank You that I can trust You to provide for me as I simply live by what Your Word says!