II. Sowing and Reaping 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8

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[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [[a]that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.

Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He [b]takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].

And God is able to make all grace (every favour and [c]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [d]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation] (AMP).

Vs 6: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will reap sparingly and grudgingly…

If you sow only little into other people’s lives, when you need help, they would deem it necessary to sow little time and effort and love and money into your life. It’s that simple. Thus, you reap only the amount you sow. And you reap according to how good you sow. You can’t sow yam roots, and expect to reap sweet potatoes or oranges. You can’t sow bad orange seeds and expect to reap sweet oranges. If you do not take care of the seeds you have sown (e.g water the plants), you cannot expect to reap as much or as good fruits as a farmer who planted, wanted and nurtured his plants. There is the saying: you get as good as you give.

If you sow grudgingly into other people’s lives, people would be reluctant to be a blessing to your life as well.

…and if you sow generously, you reap generously (see previous notes on giving on this website).

Vs 7: Paul encourages us to give as we have determined in our own hearts. We should not give reluctantly or sorrowfully or under duress, because GOD loves a cheerful giver.

Paul is telling us in other words that it is better not to give at all than give grudgingly or sorrowfully or sparingly. We should not give just to appear as if we are doing our Christian duty. Else, we lose the blessings attached to our giving. Then, what we gave is a waste- it cannot be a benefit to us. Scriptures like Proverbs 19: 17 cannot kick in. Because when you give grudgingly GOD sees your heart. HE does not see your giving as lending to HIM and there is no reward for it. Truthfully, the point in giving is the reward in the spiritual and physical realms. You give because you know there is some sort of reward coming. Even if not now, maybe in your children’s  lifetimes. You do not have to admit it. Thus, we have to learn to give right. This is what Paul teaches us here:

  1. Giving is a matter that should be settled in your heart. This is why Paul says you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. What yo give should never be determined by what others give.
  2. You should deliberately make up your mind to give. You should not allow anything or anyone induce or coerce you to give. Else, you run the risk of not giving wholeheartedly. And you know by now that there is no reward for giving that does not come from the heart.
  3. You should not give in order to be recognized. Awesome JESUS CHRIST is not proud of those who give just to be recognized. It is unfortunate that in the Church, much recognition & honour are given to donors, just because they are given. Of course, they would be encouraged to give more because of the recognition and honour given to them. However, these people could start giving for the wrong reasons, and may fall away from the Kingdom at the end when they no longer receive such honour and recognition. I have seen where people that are not born again are recognized at the altar because they give large donations to the Church. These are people who should be chastised for their wrong conduct, but they are praised and recognized simply because they donate to the church. See Matthew 6: 3-4

3“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

 

Very importantly, we should be led by the HOLY SPIRIT before we give. Why? Not every ground is a fertile ground. Not every ground is for you. When there was famine in the land, Isaac went to Abimelech – king of Philistines in Gerar. The LORD warned Isaac not to go to Egypt. But he should stay right where he was. Why? GOD will be with him and bless him (Genesis 26: 1-3). Then, in the same land of famine, Isaac sowed seeds and in the same year reaped a hundred fold because GOD blessed him (vs 12-15). The point is not every ground is the place GOD has appointed you t plant in. thus, LET THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECT YOU BEFORE YOU GIVE OR SOW.

Another reason is that some people are cursed by GOD HIMSELF because of their horrible sins. You cannot bless whom GOD has cursed. Whoever GOD curses is cursed (Numbers 23: 8). Moreover, when GOD cursed Cain after killing his own brother, HE said he shall be a fugitive; a perpetual wanderer on earth (Genesis 4: 8-14). Obviously, if someone had tried to relieve Cain of the effects of the curse, they  would have met with GOD’s Wrath.

Finally, remember that GOD loves a cheerful giver always J.

Vs 8: and GOD is able to make all Grace abound towards you (GOD will give you the Grace and resources you need) so that you may have more than enough. To give. To do every good work.

JESUS said HE would ask Awesome GOD to send us the Awesome HOLY SPIRIT so that HE can come and comfort us. And help us to be better Christians (John 14: 16). Thus, we need Empowerment of the HOLY SPIRIT to do good works. Isaiah 11: 2 mentions six Facets of the Awesome SPIRIT of GOD:

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD (NIV)…

For example, we need to receive the Empowerment of the HOLY SPIRIT in the form of the Spirit of the Fear of the LORD to fear GOD. So that we can prosper and be content on earth (Job 36:11). Moreover, we need the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD to give us the Spirit of Counsel. So that when we are questioned by our persecutors, the HOLY SPIRIT speaks through us. The HOLY SPIRIT shall make us say what nobody can contradict or gainsay. Thus, we do not have to worry about our answers when we are questioned (Matthew 10: 19). Why? This is because we have the Awesome HOLY SPIRIT of GOD in us. Also, if we need to wisdom, we do not have to look farther than the HOLY SPIRIT to find it (James 1:5). And so on.

To give, we have to have the Fear of the LORD in the first place. Which leads to obedience to GOD’s WORD. And GOD has said we should love our neighbours as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22: 39).  When we lend to the poor, we lend to GOD and HE will pay us back (Proverbs 19: 17). Thus, we need the Grace of GOD to provide for us. give us more than enough so we can go the extra mile in giving. Thus, it is sensible when praying for wealth to tell GOD to bless you so that you can lend to nations and borrow from none. So that you can make a positive difference in other people’s lives, so that thousands, millions and billions of people can feed at your table. So that widows and orphans and motherless or fatherless children (these are very dear people to GOD because they are very vulnerable) will no longer be hungry or suffer.  The only people GOD is looking forward to bless are those who are willing to bless others and distribute their wealth. GOD is looking for responsible and merciful people to bless. If Awesome JEHOVAH sees that you are sincere in your desire to bless other people’s lives, only then will GOD willingly bless you.

However, this does not mean you should not give when you have little. Why? When the poor widow gave the only coin she had, GOD appreciated it more than those who gave GOD a 10th of their wealth. Difference: 1 coin (all the widow had) versus a 10th or part of their wealth (other rich people). The widow did not have anything. Yet, she loved GOD to give ALL she had. The others were either giving because it is tradition or because they expect GOD to bless them in return (Matthew 12: 44). The fact is if you have only little, yet you give, GOD will bless you more so that you can give even more.

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