Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Giving Is Planting Seed
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8 NLT 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 make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the 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.
God is love. Love gives and helps others. God wants you to be like Him -- to be a giver.
God, knowing human nature, gave incentives to encourage us to be givers. Not only does giving make us feel good, but God promises whatever we give will be multiplied back to us -- the same way seed planted by a farmer produces a larger harvest.
LUKE 6:38 NLT 38 If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving -- large or small -- it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
God's plan is to develop you into a loving, giving person who trusts God.
Faith and love -- the two primary attributes God is working to develop in us -- are both exercised by giving.
It takes faith to give. It seems safer and more prudent to hold on to everything we have, just in case we might need it. But God encourages us to be generous and give to others -- trusting Him to multiply our giving back to us.
Someone has well said that whatever we give does not leave our life, but just enters our future, where it will be multiplied.
SAY THIS: Whenever I give, I am planting seed for a harvest of blessing.
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