2 Corinthians 9:6-11
6 Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And 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. 9 As it is written: ‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures for ever.’
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.
There’s a wonderful paradox at the heart of our faith – the more we give, the more we have to give! This is because all that we have comes from God and God is an extravagant god, delighting in giving abundantly and freely of his presence, his love, his grace and his provisions. Think of the story of the Prodigal Son, when he returns he is given not work but a home, a ring, fine clothes and the fattened calf for a party! This is far beyond what he needs or deserves. As we similarly give to others of our time, love and possessions, so our Giving God replaces what we have given and then gives more.
Thank you Father for your free and extravagant giving! Spirit, give me a generous heart that I might do the same.