Abundantly Blessed…

Here in America, we seem to have a skewed view of abundance and blessing. We seem to desire abundance and blessing in money and stuff. Even in the church, leadership is often looking at the big three (buildings, bodies, and bucks) to see if blessing is present.

And there are those who are told that blessing comes from giving to the church. This is especially seen in churches in the prosperity gospel. If you give to us, then God will bless you. And you need to give to us abundantly. And this passage is often looked at regarding giving to receive:

“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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:6-8 NIV

But what is the context?

They have heard about others giving, and have bragged about being enthusiastic givers, but it appears that their enthusiasm had waned. Corinth was also one of the more affluent areas in 1st century Rome (AD).

As we look at sowing generously, it was for providing for the poor, not allowing the rich to get richer. Paul wasn’t asking them to give so that he could have expensive clothes, another mansion, plane, or exotic car.

And in abundant giving, God will “bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” He will provide for your needs (not wants)… so that your good works (that which He prepared in advance for you to do – Eph. 2:10) will abound (be fruitful).

And true abundant blessing comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and being in the presence of God. When God draws near to us, we are blessed, regardless of what is going on around us.

Ultimately, we should give generously and cheerfully because we know that God will provide for our needs. And He will provide so that we can do what He has called us to do. May He give us the heart to give generously for the building of His kingdom. And may we trust Him to provide for our every need, for His glory. In Jesus’ name…

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