Our scripture this morning is 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 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. 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!
God has provided us with a variety of gifts and he expects us to share them generously. Our purpose is to love God and love our neighbor. God needs nothing from us, but our neighbors often do and He intends us to use our gifts to meet that need.
Paul writes that “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (v. 7). We are asked to help those in need not because we have to give but because we want to give. God wants us to love each other so much that we would rather share than see another suffer.
That’s the first step though, seeing the needs of our brothers and sisters. God wants us to be aware of other’s situations, and stand ready to help when needed. We follow Jesus’ example and commandment when we help (love) one another.
Gracious God, we are thankful for the many gifts You have given us. Help us to be good stewards of all You provide, that none are left in need. Amen.