2 Corinthians 9:6-15, “6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written:
“He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.” 10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
[‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ is found here. It’s what you’re told every time they pass the hat, the plate, the minnow bucket, what have you. What about the rest of the verses? Do you know what I like most about the sowing story? It’s that in those days every single farmer who sowed seed usually ate of the field he later harvested. If you sow a lot of seeds, then you will be able to eat more than if you sowed much fewer seeds. Sounds like good eats to me, especially if I’m sharing it at a very large table. Not only are we to be generous, but God will supply us with the seeds we are to sow. So we’re not really giving away our money, and it’s always easier to be generous with other people’s money.]
12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
[Here is the ultimate result, we are being generous to bring praise to God. Being generous is a trait the whole church sorely needs. We need to learn not to give out of the extra, but out of the whole of what we have. When you’re cup is overflowing, the only thing to do is to make sure that there is another cup on hand to catch what comes out of that. If the end result isn’t praise to God, then somebody somewhere is doing something wrong – and we need to fix that pronto.]