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Weekly Devotionals

Generosity & Jubilee Rest

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[Psalm112:9]

10 Now 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. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others 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. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

1 Corinthians 9:6-15

Giving is a complex thing. Sometimes it’s easy and joyful but other times it can feel like an offense when being asked to give. Sometimes people feel as though they are not giving enough and other times they feel guilty for not giving more.  Caring for the sick or elderly is heartfelt and important for some people but for others it is something they avoid. Financial giving is the easiest for some while others find volunteering and giving their time the least burdensome.

I think giving is complicated because we are broken people and often we are trying to heal or fill-up what we feel is lacking. Giving is believed to be something we do when we have enough to give, not when we’re lacking ourselves. Perhaps this is true since we can’t give what we don’t have yet it seems the Bible talks about giving from a different perspective; the perspective with God involved in the equation.

Our passage today talks about generosity and how it affects our giving. Rather than focusing on the specifics of it, it is the heart of generosity that is encouraged. When we are able to practice generosity, lots of amazing things happen that is beyond just the money, time, or resources that were shared. Generosity bears witness to the presence of our living God who is providing resources needed to be able to be even more generous – resources that involve the transformation of our character, the increasing of our capacities, and the filling of our hearts with thankfulness. Furthermore, it connects us to others who feel gratefulness and therefore express their own generosity towards others and bring praises to God. It is truly a beautiful thing that happens when we are full of generosity towards one another.

Generosity comes when we understand that God is with us, is walking with us, and is providing what we need to be generous. When we are resting in Him, we can distance ourselves from the temptation of trying and make things better with our own strength alone. In His generosity, we can rest and not feel as though we are lacking. When we are reminded that He will make things right and bring order back to chaos we can give without the fear of loss.

I pray that this week God will remind us that He is with us and that He is a generous God. May you be blessed with a thankful, generous heart!