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2 Corinthians 9 - What's Your Yield Like?

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2 Corinthians 9 Summary



Pledges are easy to make but hard to keep. The Corinthians had made a big pledge to contribute to the fund for the church suffering from the famine in Jerusalem, so big that Paul was excitingly sharing the news with the churches he visited in other parts of the Roman empire. This chapter is Paul's way of reminding them that the time is quickly coming for them to put their money where their mouths are.


Be careful here, as it's very easy to misunderstand this passage. On the surface, it may seem like this is investment advice, as if you give generou$ gift$ you will receive generou$ ble$$ing$. But look closely at what it says:

  • Generosity is hard work. Most of you know the hard work involved in sowing and reaping crops, and the effort you put into your generosity must reflect the effort you put in each springtime and fall.

  • These efforts must be made cheerfully.

  • God will bless your efforts. It even says that He will make you abound in these blessings.

  • But this passage does not promise you that these will be material or even financial blessings.

  • God may and often does reward us financially for our generosity, but He's promised you three things:

  1. "you will have all that you need;"

  2. so that "you will abound in every good work."

  3. you will be "enriched in every way so that you can be generous in every occasion."

  • Isn't it awesome that giving to one cause opens the door to giving in other causes?


Dig Deeper


FARM YOUR GIVING: It does feel good to make a contribution to a worthwhile cause, but Paul's metaphor of sowing and reaping calls you to do more than just write a check. Just as you would not walk away from your newly seeded crop and not come back until harvest, you should be invested in the causes you give to.


Give the non financial gifts you've been blessed with as well, such as your experience & talents, to help organizations grow & develop and become even better outlets of God's grace.



AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father God loves a cheerful giver who makes all grace abound to you

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to help you discern needs and be ready to give generously

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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