Rhythm Reading Plan: Day Eleven
Think Differently. Give Differently.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Every one of us has something to give. Many people hear the word generosity and automatically disqualify themselves from giving because their financial outlook may be grim. This passage of Scripture leads us to a timeless truth that can encourage and inspire your giving in a few different ways.
In verses 10 and 11 Paul writes, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” God has provided enrichment so that you can turn around and enrich others.
So, if you are wondering how you can give or what area God is calling you to be generous, search yourself and see where you have been enriched? Have you received an abundance of encouragement that has filled you up and readied you to face the challenges life is sending your way? Then you are rich in encouragement, and there are others who are unknowingly waiting to be the beneficiaries of your generosity with encouragement. Are you gifted with understanding and communicating the Word of God? Then you are rich in this gifting and there are others who want to understand and are thirsty for an encounter with His Word that can only happen when you generously give of this treasure to them. Are you retired or blessed with an abundance of free time? You are rich in a precious commodity of time. Are you willing to give generously to those who may be forgotten, or left out or simply isolated or alone? Your generosity, your cheerful giving in unexpected ways will make a world of difference, to not just the recipient but to the Kingdom of God and also to you.
Remember, God is not expecting you to give what you don’t have, but rather a sacrificial offering of what you do have. If your financial offering is small, but it is what the Lord asked of you — He will do exceedingly abundantly more than we ever could accomplish by holding on to it. If your area of gifting is what you have to offer, then cheerfully serve the people of God with your gift. If time is what you are generously offering, be encouraged that the presence of God through you has the power to change an eternity from Hell to Heaven.
However God leads you to give, your faithful witness and generosity, “Will result in thanksgiving to God.” Your generous giving will introduce people to the loving kindness of a Savior, even if they never meet the people behind it. Are you willing, to weave your giving into the beautiful tapestry of the body of Christ? Are you cheerful about giving your time, your talent, your treasure, your testimony and your encouragement so that another will get to know God? Are you willing to turn your eyes away from what you don’t have and discover that you have been made rich in some area of your life to be generous to another?
Let your life become the prayer that Paul spoke over the generous givers of his day and the Word of God speaks over us as we contemplate how we will generously share the riches God has given us. “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
Lord help us discern the areas that you have enriched our lives. Out of gratitude teach our hearts to find joy in giving generously so that others may come to know you more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Devotional Contributed by Tesha Fritz