Our scripture this morning is 2 Corinthians 9:6-10.
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. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 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.
God calls us to share what we have been given generously with all His children. He blesses us to be a blessing to others. This helps the world see our faith in action, that God’s love is there for everyone.
Scripture speaks often about generosity and sharing what we have with others. Proverbs 19:17 tells us “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!” John the Baptist said “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry” (Luke 3:11). Jesus teaches us that what we have is a gift from God, and we are expected to use it for the good of all.
Sometimes we are concerned that the gift might be misused. That is between the receiver and God. While we are called to be good stewards of the resources we receive, God blesses every gift given honestly in His name. When we give generously and with gladness, we are caring for our brothers and sisters as God intends.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for what we receive from You. Help us to be generous in our giving, helping others to know the wonder of Your love poured out to all of us. Amen.