Think of a farmer. He is hording a big bag of grain. He gets hysterical if somebody even gets close to him. His watchful eye is all over the bag. No one is going to touch that grain. It’s his grain! He has saved up to buy it with the sweat of his brow!
There is another farmer. He also has a bag of grain. This man spreads the grain around on his land, as generously as he can manage. If someone wants some of his grain he is more than happy to share. That he has saved up to buy it with the sweat of his brow is no big deal!
Month go by. The first man is still keeping a watchful eye on his bag of grain. The second man is busy harvesting a plentiful crop. By the end of the day he has bags upon bags of grain. This farmer knows the secret of sowing and reaping!
Generosity should be one of the hallmarks of our Christian Living. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:8). The law of sowing and reaping is explained in 2 Corinthians 9:6.
SOW SPARINGLY and you will REAP SPARINGLY.
SOW GENEROUSLY and you will REAP GENEROUSLY.
Here are some words about the generous:
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously.
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
A generous man will himself be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
In the old days, when the Israelites were wandering in the desert and God commanded Moses to build the Tabernacle, the people willingly brought freewill offerings. It got to the point that Moses had to put a stop to their giving.
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work. (See Exodus 35:29; 36:1-7.)
Years later, when the Israelites were settled in the Promised Land, they willingly brought gifts for the building of the Temple. Read about it in 1 Chronicles 29.
In times of the apostle Paul, when the church in Jerusalem was going through tough financial times, the churches in Macedonia, even though they themselves were poor, were more than willing to help.
“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints” (2 Cor 8:1-4).
Generosity is a state of the heart. Many times the poorest are the most willing to share and give to others. Paul wrote to his spiritual son and co-laborer: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Tim 6:17-18).
Let’s be generous in sharing our time, our resources, our love, our prayers. There is a wonderful promise for those who are generous.
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.
“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 made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor 9:10-11).
Do you want to excel at something this year?
EXCEL IN THE GRACE OF GIVING!