2 Corinthians 9:6-11.. 6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
I grew up on small farm and recognize the example from agriculture. If we invest sparingly in a situation, whether money or time or whatever, we can’t expect much to come out of it. If we invest generously, we can expect a larger return. The generosity of Disciples is from love for Jesus; however we are reminded in both the OT & NT that giving is in our best interests. When we receive extra money we are tempted to think of self and temporal realities instead of Jesus and eternal realities. We think temporally about how we can use the money for our comfort, pleasure or life-style.
The last book in the Old Testament said: “10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”” [v.10 from Malachi 3:8-10]
New Testament grace giving is the tithe plus offerings: 23 For you tithe … and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others…[Matthew 23:23]. Jesus dramatically increased these commands in the NT under grace, [for 3 examples click Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 43-44 ]
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; [ 2 Corinthians 9:8]
When we give by grace, God by His grace gives us the material possessions sufficient to increase our good deeds as well as meeting our needs, but not necessarily our wants. Unfortunately many times we take His material blessings and spend them all on ourselves. [Luke 6:38]
Temporal – I earned the money and I can spend it any way I want to or Eternal – Grace giving is multiplied providing the opportunity for increased giving and for thankfulness to God from the beneficiaries of our gifts.
Henry Luke 5/23/2018
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