Plant big, reap big…you can’t out give God.

Scripture:
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

Observation:
Paul planned to come to Corinth to collect an offering the Corinthian church had collected to give to the believers in Jerusalem, where there had been a lack of food and provisions. In this letter, Paul commends the Corinthians for their generosity and urges them to complete their offering and have it ready. The selected passage above notes that those who give generously will reap generously. Paul wanted to bless the Jews in Jerusalem with this offering, but he wanted the return blessing on the giving churches to be great also. He was teaching them that the more they give, the more they receive in return – but not so they can hoard. The increased blessing always comes to continue blessing others.

Application:
Many people in churches complain about giving money to God. Sure, there are lots of hucksters and charlatans trying to grub your money for personal gain, but we should not let them stop our blessing. When we give to God’s house for the betterment of other believers and the caring of the less fortunate, God will open the windows of heaven and pour out on us a blessing we cannot contain. If you think I am lying, test God! Malachi 3:10 – “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!'” How much more proof than that do you need????

If it is not enough, then listen to the follow on verses in Malachi 3:11-12, “Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. ‘Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Sure, God speaks of agricultural blessings in this verse, but food was one of the greatest commodities of the OT era, as was water even more so than gold or silver. You can’t eat or drink metal to survive. But, notice that God says in verse 10 that there won’t be room enough to contain what He pours out into your life. Based on that promise alone, why would you not want to give to God? Remember, when you bring in the tithe and offerings, are you doing it for man or for God? Who receives the glory? Isn’t it God, alone, because He will not share His glory with anyone?

If you want to see greater blessing in your life, then obey the Word of God. If you want greater blessing in life, then give to God with a cheerful heart and not out of coercion or ritual. God will return the blessing upon you in due time when you are in need. It’s His design and purpose. Trust Him!

Prayer:
Father, we’ve faithfully given our offerings and obediently brought our tithes to Your house out of love for You and our fellow man. We’ve not been in economic straights because of Your loving kindness and generosity. I struggled at times with not seeing the bounty of increase, but I realized how much we have and how we can share with others to make their lives better because of the bounty You’ve bestowed upon us. We’ve helped others overseas, family in dire need, and those in the house of God. Show us where and what we need to do in increasing our giving and enlarging our planting, so that we can reap a greater harvest and give still even, more to those in need. You are our provider, and we keep an attitude of gratitude for all that we have and enjoy. May Your increased blessing continue to be shared with those in need. We never want to bottle up what You’ve given us. The more we give, the more You give. We cannot out give You. Thank You for everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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