Devotions for February 16, 2017

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-12

6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,

“They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

Guilted to Give?

The Bible talks a lot about money, because it talks a lot about the things that make up our lives. It also says that we should honor and worship God with the best of what we have, the first of what we have. And we’re called to do it with generous and glad hearts.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: In what ways does Paul instruct us not to give?

Q: Paul describes generous giving in detail. He writes that, by giving, we would be “enriched in every way” and that our gifts would be used for ministry. What gifts can you use for the ministry to honor God?

Q: How would your life look differently on a daily basis if you walked in an attitude of generosity?

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