Devotions for January 25, 2018

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15

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.”[a] 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.”[b] 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[c] 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[d] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift[e] too wonderful for words!

A GREAT HARVEST OF GENEROSITY

God is so generous to us! He has given us salvation and provides for all our needs. In addition, He promises to enrich us to the point that we can always be generous. There is a catch, though: God calls us to be generous with all He gives us. Our generosity is part of the ministry of the Lord. Through faithful giving, many will be blessed.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is Paul telling you about the generosity that God expects of Christians? How has God blessed your life?

Q: Are you being generous with the blessings with which God has enriched your life? Time, talent and treasure? Are you a cheerful giver?

Q: In what ways will you be obedient and allow God to produce a great harvest of generosity in you?

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