2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“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.”
In this passage of scripture, Paul writes to Christ-followers in the Grecian city of Corinth. He challenges them to be generous and describes the benefits, not only to the world and to God’s glory, but to the giver as well. He instructs that their giving should not be forced, coerced, or compelled, but should be given freely from their hearts. In doing so, the givers will be blessed in accordance with their generosity and will be loved by the Lord.
1. Paul told the believers in Corinth to “remember” the principles of sowing, reaping, and cheerful giving. Why do you think it’s important to “remember” the principles of generosity?
2. Why do you think giving to others and to the Lord’s work is described by the Bible as “sowing”? What are some of the possible ways we “reap” blessings when we give?
3. This Bible passage teaches us that attitude is important when we give. Why do you think it’s important to be a “cheerful” giver?
1. REMEMBER. It’s so easy to forget to share and give to others and to the Lord. Set reminders for your life to give to make a difference (Hint: The offering prayer time at church is a good reminder!)
2. SOW. Go on a faith adventure with the Lord by taking a deep breath and making a generous gift to the mission and ministry of your church. Giving seems to be the only area where we are invited to “test” the Lord. (Read Malachi 3:10)
3. REAP. We give out of obedience to and love for the Lord and not for personal benefit or blessing. But God’s blessings still fall upon generous givers. So be ready to notice and celebrate God’s blessings as you give to His work in the world.
4. BE CHEERFUL AS YOU GIVE! Don’t give out of guilt, coercion, or compulsion, but free and with a cheerful heart. God loves a “cheerful” giver! God has given you so much. Celebrate as you give back to Him!
“Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to labor and not to seek to rest, to give of myself and not ask for a reward, except the reward of knowing that I am doing your will.” (Prayer of Ignatius Loyola)