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.
Giving is something that is mentioned in Scripture often. The concept that we are to care for others goes back to very early times. In Genesis 18:1-15 we hear of Abraham offering hospitality by giving shelter and sustenance. God calls us to care for each other in the same way.
Today we often think of giving as just our financial contributions, but God wants more than that. Our time and our talent are gifts from Him that He wants us to share with others. We give to others because God first gave to us, and there are a variety of ways we can give back to God by caring for His children.
What we give is not as important as why we give. Paul writes “God loves a person who gives cheerfully”, that we do this out of love for Him and our brothers and sisters, not out of obligation. Consider all the ways available to us to be the face of Jesus to those in need, and apply your God-given gift with joy.
Gracious God, You bless us richly with the capability to help others. Send us into Your world to make a difference in the lives of others, that they may know Your love. Amen