The Blessing of Giving: Rich in every way

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You 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. This 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. Because 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. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. – 2 Corinthians 9:11-14
Paul is writing to a maturing church to offer love, guidance and exhortation. One of the issues he writes about is generosity. Verses 11 and 12 relate to the scope of our giving. In verse 11, Paul says, ‘You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.’ What a powerful promise! I am assured God will equip me so that whatever situation I find myself in, I will be able to give generously. Whether giving involves helping others with material items such as food, clothes, and money or simply donating my time to someone, God will provide me with the resources to serve others.
Verse 12 broadens our view of giving by stating that giving is a direct way to thank God personally for His blessings. Not only are we satisfying the needs of others with our gifts, but we are also praising God through our giving.
Verses 13-15 describe the results of giving. First, the recipients of each gift are blessed directly as a result of receiving each gift. Then these people pour out blessings to God through their praise for His generosity and grace. Finally, the giver is blessed through the prayers of the recipients and through God’s promises for faithfulness.
A healthy view of God includes a broad scope for giving as well as a true belief in the blessings that result from giving. If I maintain these two things, it is easy for me to echo Paul in verse 15, ‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!’

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