Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
Imagine if every time we tithed our money, we received an abundant return; who would need a Roth IRA or savings account? Shoot, the Bible says the more I give the more I get, right? While that would be great, I don’t think that’s what was intended here.
In regard to giving, thankfully our salvation is not dependent on meeting a quota. Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross to conquer everything including sin and death. Giving financially is vital though, and as believers we are instructed to give generously. Beyond that, financial contributions are not the only thing we can “sew” as believers— verse 8 touches on “every good work”. So consider— how well are we sewing our time, our energy, and our attention?
If we find that we have been sewing sparingly, we probably have also been living prayerlessly. We can’t live a life lacking in intentionality but also expect the highest harvest yield. There are times we may find comfort in idling by. And I get it— I feel like there are times where I’m drifting through life. There are times when I feel like I have been running on empty, and everything seems to continue to pile up. It can feel like every time you conquer a wave, the next one coming your way is twice as big and you’re growing tired treading water. I know because I’ve felt this way at times. Like I’m insufficient to handle everything going on. But that’s ok. We aren’t meant to be. By God’s grace, we ARE able to handle a variety of things. God and God alone will be your sufficiency— in everything. His grace covers every dark and needy corner of our life. Every ounce of God’s provision to you will come laced with opportunity for you — to serve yourself or to turn, in love, and serve others. God always means for the grace he gives us to work through us for someone else’s good.