“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
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!
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.
Generosity should be one of the hallmarks of our Christian Living. As our verse for the day states: God loves a cheerful giver!
Give and give with a generous heart. Give cheerfully!
- Be generous with your time
- Be generous with your money
- Be generous with your compliments
- Be generous with your love
- Be generous with your children
- Be generous with your neighbors
The list can go on and on… I will have to cut it short to get ready for a very special trip. My little Sarah is turning 6 years old tomorrow. I need to be there to take cup cakes to her Kindergarten class. Usually her mother does that, but she now has a full-time job outside the home. Then Sarah and I will spend a week together because she gets out of school earlier that the others.
I’m practicing what I preach. This is one way to be generous. I’m sowing seeds of love into a child. And I expect a plentiful harvest.
Whatever you sow, wait for a harvest. Sow cheerfully and generously.