2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIVUK)
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.
Paul is taking up a collection for the Christians in Jerusalem who are going through tough times. It was noted at our last church meeting that we don’t find it easy to talk about giving at Wormley, and so I thought it was worth highlighting these verses rather than simply passing them by. They contain two helpful concepts for us on this topic. The first is a counters certain ‘Christian ministries’ that make us uncomfortable with arm-twisting insistence on giving; here Paul says quite clearly that people should not give under pressure or compulsion, but only what they are happy with giving. The second is a wonderful concept that flows out of the character of God; he can give us all that we need and so much more, so we can freely and generously give knowing that we won’t be deprived by doing so but will instead enjoy his blessing.
Father, may your generosity be reflected in my generosity today.
Today’s New Testament in a Season readings: 2 Corinthians 9-11