Blessed are the Givers.Posted: February 8, 2012
God says, “Test Me. Give. I will bless your giving.” This is what God says to Israel, and this is also what God says to us.
Sunday we examined this teaching from the prophet Malachi. In this blog I’d like to briefly examine this teaching from the apostle Paul.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And 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. As it is written:
“He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanks.giving to God.
2 Corinthians 9: 6-11
Like Malachi, Paul teaches that God blesses our giving materially. God is able. He makes grace abound. In all things and at all times, God provides all we need. More than that, He also increases our store of seed.
But Paul continues. In Malachi the blessings for giving are material. In 2 Corinthians, the blessings for giving are material and spiritual. God enlarges not just our store of seed (material) but also our harvest of righteousness (spiritual). God makes us rich in every way.