Paul had been under attack by false teachers in Corinth, as Judaizers questioned the apostle’s intent for the collection gathered in the name of Jesus Christ. Paul already shared scripture meant to empower the believers in Corinth and beyond.
The apostle now addresses one’s motive for giving, as he delivers an exhortation that will breathe confidence and joy to the believers in Corinth, at a time when it was most needed.
“6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Paul invites his readers to approach giving not as a sacrifice but an investment. The farmer sows seeds, giving them to the earth to eventually reap a harvest in tune with the amount of seeds sowed. When giving is concerned, the more you sow out of a cheerful heart, which is the only way to give that’s pleasing to God, the more you’ll reap either here on earth or in heaven.
“8 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. 9 As it is written: “ He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” (2 Corinthians 9:8-9)
Paul reminds us God is in control, with our finances as well as our entire lives. Those who do well with a little with be trusted with little while others, more mature givers deal in abundance. The apostle makes reference to Psalm 112:9 to explain God’s will for those destined for earthly abundance versus everyone else, abundant in our heavenly inheritance.
“10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
Paul calls on the Lord to fulfill His promise for the Corinthians and their offering, multiplying the harvest from their collection beyond measure. As we grow in the truth and mature as giving Christians, believers are enriched which in turn causes us to continue to give freely as abundance flows according to God’s perfect plan.
“12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:12-15)
The Corinthians’ gift would accomplish two things. First it would be used to help Christians in need in Jerusalem. Second the offering would bring praises to God from those impacted by the collection.
The apostle’s intent is clear in this section of his letter. The flagship of Paul’s ministry, the Corinthians were held to a higher standard than other ministries. Their obedience and dedication would be instrumental in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre