The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart….’ 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

The Bible says: ‘…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 Corinthians 9:6–8 NIV) When you give what God tells you to, He’ll give you back more. When you know that, it’ll revolutionise your approach to giving. Paul isn’t talking about people who’re trying to get rich; he’s talking about ‘cheerful givers’ who want to finance God’s purposes. He’s saying not only is it safe to give, it’s the way to greater blessing. That’s especially good news for reluctant givers, because when you give something away it can feel like a loss. But contributing to God’s work isn’t giving something away; it’s investing—with a guaranteed return. A farmer who sows doesn’t lose his seed, he gains a harvest. Can you imagine a farmer praying this prayer? ‘God, give me a crop. I’m trusting You to get involved, but I’m holding on to my seed just in case.’ Is that what you’re doing? If so, here’s some good news. When you sow generously, God gets involved in your finances. Can you imagine a more secure position to be in? The Bible says, ‘The generous will prosper…’ (Proverbs 11:25 NLT) When you give, it enables God to return to you even more, which in turn enables you to give even more—and round and round it goes!

SoulFood: Deut 1-2, Matt 5:38-48, Ps 2, Prov 11:22-23

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2015

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