Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV)
According to the English dictionary, sparingly means to give infrequently, in small amounts and in a restrictive manner. Generously means to have more than enough; plentiful, giving more than necessary or expected, or a readiness to give more of something. Which of these two definitions would you like to be defined by? Sparing or generous? Restrictive or willing? I personally don’t like to feel restricted or experience lack, so I would choose generosity. So, why is it that so many of us inadvertently choose lack?
The lack mentality comes from believing that keeping is better than giving. We tighten our grip around what we value in hopes that it will create a level of security. While it can create a false sense of security, true security can be found in the giving. “For it is more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35).”
Jesus tells us in these red letters that our blessings are found in the giving not the holding, not the hiding, not the keeping or receiving. It is in the giving that we are blessed. This can be hard to make sense of in our logical minds. How can we give away and somehow translate that into more? It’s confusing, but His ways are not our ways and His ways are much higher than ours (Ish.55: 8).
Giving doesn’t need to solely look like a collection plate being passed around on a Sunday service. We’ve all been gifted with something we can share with others. Giving can come in the form of time, talents, finances, a word of encouragement, or even a simple compliment. Giving should never be about the amount, but the heart behind the giving.
“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 (2 Cor. 9:7).” This scripture isn’t focused on what we are giving, but on how we are giving.
Did you notice the sow/reap connection on our focus scripture at the top? It says if we sow sparingly, we reap sparingly, if we sow generously, we reap generously. This basically means, we get what we give. Let’s use planting as a visual for sowing. If we plant a lot of seeds, we will receive an abundant harvest, but if we only plant a few seeds, we will only harvest a few crops.
Are you sowing generously? How can you sow today and tomorrow and the next day and the day after that? How can you receive the blessing Jesus has made available to you through your giving? Release your grip and sow generously in time, gifts and talents, mercy, grace, kindness, and an abundance of love!
Recommended Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for leaving me all the guidance I need to not only be a blessing to others, but be blessed in the process. I choose to sow generously and release my grip. In Jesus’ name. Amen!