Remember This

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And 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. As it is written: ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ 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. 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.”  (2 Corinthians 9:6–11, NIV 1984). 

My Musings“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.”  The context is dealing with sharing material blessings.  But whether it is time, talent or treasure, I think the same principles apply.  “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”  In so doing, you will have time, talent and treasure to spare.  But you motivation should not be so that  “you will be made rich in every way,” but so that in turn “you can be generous on every occasion.”  Also, do not do it reluctantly (grudgingly) or under compulsion (coercion or guilt).  What reward is there in that?  How can that “result in thanksgiving to God?”

My Advice – May your righteousness endure forever and your harvest be enlarged as you cheerfully give as to the Lord.  There is no regret in that.