30 Days of Prayer Day 23: Delighting in Sacrifice: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Day 23

6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[d] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15


God has blessed us to be a blessing to others. The resources, gifts, and time we have is given by a loving Father to provide for and bless us, but also to be a blessing to those around us in need. In the passage we see that God provides, then increases what we have so that he can continue to birth generosity in us. But he doesn't want us to give because we "have" to, but because we want to! He wants us to trust Him so fully, that when we give away what we have for others we never doubt that he will care for our needs and continue to do so. 
The challenge is, we often don't trust Him, so we don't give. We insulate and store up for ourselves, rather than giving for His sake. 
Take some time to reflect... Do your resources reflect a deep trust and love of God and his provision? Do you tithe regularly (or at all)? Do you give to the marginalized in our area and around the world?
What keeps you from giving more? Confess to the Lord where you have been selfish or scared and ask Him to teach you to live joyfully generous with all that you have. 

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