“You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift.” [2 Corinthians 9:14-15; The Message]
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” Apostle Paul knew this truth and was asking the Corinthians to do something for the Christians in Jerusalem. He was reminding the Corinthians of their promised voluntary gift. Paul prompts them saying, “The one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Isn’t that the truth! It’s God’s math at work. We help ourselves by helping others. We don’t give to receive, but giving voluntarily of our time, talent and treasurers often brings its own rewards. Reflect on a time when you helped someone else only to realize that you received the greater gift. This speaks to my time giving of my time with first graders. I spent about an hour or so as different students read to me. I would always come away from that hour with my spirit lifted. I received far more than I gave. I sowed and reaped bountifully. How are you currently sowing bountiful seeds with your life?
Creator God, you provide every blessing in abundance. Help me to sow generously with the blessings I have been given of my time, talents, and treasurers. May my giving always be cheerful, not reluctant. Thank you for your generosity in my life. Amen.