Sunday, July 16, 2017

Does God Promise To Give Back What You Give To Charity? 2 Corinthians 9:6

If you give money to God you will get that money back? Some say you will and that you may even get more back, but what does the Bible say?

Consider what it says in 2 Corinthians 9:6.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6.

We have problems with forgetting, especially the good and right things we should do. Who remembers to thank God every day for His blessings? We need to remember the important things, and resolve to do those things and giving generously is one of those things.

Anyone who is stingy is known as such and anyone who is generous enjoys a good reputation. This is true of all people not just some or people from one culture or time.  It is not just the rich or the upper class but anyone.

Generosity is illustrated here as a farmer sowing his seed in the field. When the farmer cast seed in the field he can anticipate a certain result.  Once the seed is tossed on the ground he has little power over it but must trust God to send the rain and the sunshine to produce a crop.

Sparingly is like giving the left overs or the extra, it is giving the little you can spare after your own needs are met. There is no sacrifice or heroic sense in it.

To give sparingly has a predictable result. If you toss a lot of seed into the field there will be a lot of plants if you only put out a few seeds you will have a few plants. How big a harvest you have depends on how many plants you have in the field.

The purpose of sowing seed is only one thing and that is to get a crop. The purpose of God's gift of wealth is not to consume them but to sow them and to do good.

This is the word we want to see. We would like to receive generous blessings from God.

There is no guarantee that you will receive money if you give money. God may bless your financial giving in other ways. He may bless you with deeper friendships or bless you with richer experiences, or a fuller walk of faith, or He may defer the reward for heavenly treasures.

We should make gifts of the blessings that we have but not to receive gifts in return, we do it out of love for God and his creation.

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