“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
Did you know that those who sow sparingly, and in turn reap sparingly, are indeed sowers? They are sparing, and the bible says in 1 Corinthians 9:5, greedy, covetous sowers. People and life in turn are sparing and greedy with them. There’s nothing worse than a person who dutifully gives dollar store. No thank you. Keep that.
Right before Paul says he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, he advises to give generously, as out of bounty, not grudgingly, not out of obligation, not as an exaction, not out of covetousness. Yes, we can actually give with a covetous, greedy sparing heart. It is why Paul says God loves a cheerful giver. A happy, excited giver is a person that gives as a matter of bounty, not dreadfully.
Even if he doesn’t have much, he is cheerful, about it, not sparing but eager and careless –carefreeeee! scattering lavishly the little he has! He knows what God can do with a bottle of oil mixed with faith. He knows what God can do with a little flour and a little oil mixed with faith. He knows what God can do with five loaves and two fish mixed with faith.
Paul used the Macedonians as examples of this. The Macedonians gave out of their poverty. They gave their need as if it were bounty. They gave bountifully –as if it were abundance and overflow –as if it were nothing to them. And it was nothing to them! What they needed was less important to them than the needs of the ones they loved so much. This is God’s love. Charity. Giving. If it doesn’t cost you anything, it is of no value as a gift.
“But King David said to Ornan, ‘No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing'”
They gave out of their poverty, but it was costly — for them. Literally, they gave OUT of their poverty. This is how they got out of their poverty and out of their need. — by giving. These are the people about which Paul said “God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory” according to his riches, not theirs. This is a promise exclusively to those who give sacrificially. Like Jesus did.
If you are faithful in giving while you are in need, then God can count on you. That person will always be a giver and can be trusted with much. To the faithful who is faithful when the cupboards are bare, He will show himself faithful. That person cannot be moved. God likes that.
“And 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.”
When God sees you support a good work of the kingdom, he will increase your power to get wealth.
I thank you who partner in my ministry! All my heart belongs to you. It is impossible to communicate my gratefulness I trust and believe God to favor you.
And to you who are not monthly partners -and if you have been blessed by my ministry –there is so much need. I ask you to sow generously and regularly–monthly.. If we want God to be regular for us and show up for us, then we need to give to God regularly and show up for him. We don’t want to be spastic, capricious, unpredictable or sparing and greedy sowers. We don’t want God to be that way toward us
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Thank you my loves.
2 Cor 9:5-8, 1 Chron 21:24