Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Everybody loves generosity. We all love to be on the receiving end of someone who is generous. And if we were all honest, all of us love to be generous and help someone in need. God has created us to enjoy generosity. The God of Creation is the God of the open hand. Psalm 145:16 says of Him, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”
In fact, God’s Word teaches:
- Generosity is godly. God’s limitless, extravagant generosity is an aspect of His nature. And it ought to be a model for us. We may beg God to make us rich or at least comfortable; but He urges us to become generous, like Him.
- If God blesses us, it is so that we can be more generous. A lot of us think, “I would give a lot more to God’s work if I had it to give.” But the Bible says God supplies seed to sowers, not to hoarders. (See 2 Corinthians 9:10–11.) And He does it so that we “will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
- Generosity invites blessing. Some people think that if we give generously to God, He will give us a yacht or a mansion or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class but that just shows what we really love. The Bible says that if we give cheerfully and generously, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). God does not promise to bless us so we can be richer than we ever dreamed. He promises to bless us so we can be more generous than we ever thought possible.
That, of course, is an accurate reflection of God’s generous nature, and therefore in keeping with the way God’s kingdom operates: When God blesses a man, a woman, a family, a church, or a nation, He blesses them so they can be a blessing to others. How can you be generous today? How can our church be generous in the future?