God provides, so you can share with others.

Scripture:
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. – 2 Corinthians 9:10

Observation:
In this 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminded them that they had promised to give to the offering that would be given to the Jewish believers in Jerusalem. He explained that their offering should be given out of a generous heart and to give the amount they believed was the right thing to do. They were not to give out of coercion or obligation. Paul told them that God gives the seed and allows the the planter to harvest and then eat that seed. In this way the one receiving the seed can produce subsistence for others and self.

Application:
Has  God blessed you with resources? Have you been hesitant to share with others in need? Why? Is it because all you hear from churches and preachers is that they need your money? May I remind us all that the earth and the fullness thereof belongs to God? All the gold and silver belong to God. He owns the cattle on 1,000 hills. He created the materials that allow us to have things in the first place. It is just as Paul said. God gives us seed to produce for ourselves and others. IF we hold back from sharing the provision God has given us, we run the risk of eating up all of our own seed and leaving nothing for future plantings and harvest. Think about the blessing God has given you if you live in a free society, as the USA or others. You’re able to live and eat and play and work usually without too much restriction. But what about those that are in oppression or don’t have enough to eat or live? Search your heart and see what God wants you to do with what he’s given you.

Prayer:
Father, you’ve recently allowed me to share my resources with a young man, who’s life has taken a turn for uncertainty with all that’s going on in his family. I’ve opened my home to him and will share the resources you’ve given me. Hopefully this endeavor will cause us both to grow in you and bring about a greater harvest down the road. I trust in you. Thank you for all your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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