2 Corinthians 9:11
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.
Written by: Shannon Swenson
God made the first move when it comes to generosity. And the second. And the third. From the beginning of creation to the here and now, He has been abundantly, exponentially more generous with us than we could ever really add up in our heads.
The Bible tells us throughout that we are blessed to be a blessing and that when we trust God with our first fruits and the whole of our lives, we will be blessed.
I call that full circle generosity. I spent so much time trying to wrap my mind around the lavish love of God and the endless supply of His grace and mercy towards me. And then, I realized that “trying to figure it out” was not going to be possible on this side of heaven and my time is better spent learning to give and serve like Jesus does.
It blows my mind that when I do what He asks, I am somehow the one that receives the blessings. I literally just weep tears of joy for having the opportunity to see front-row miracles. When I think about the things we don’t get to see up close but that we know are happening, I become undone. It makes no sense to me, but how do you ever really completely understand the full-circle, radical generosity of God?
One day, we will all sit down face to face with Jesus and ask these questions. Although, when we see His face in the flesh will it even matter?
Generosity in the form of money is multiplied and stretched in God’s economy when the heart behind the giving is out of worship, not guilt. What God can do through our giving and serving is not limited to what we can provide.
There are so many other ways that we can be generous. In fact, it ought to be my intention and action plan to do all of it. To follow Jesus, I need to do what He does, right? Notice it’s not just “think what He thinks” or “say what He says”—it’s “do what He does.” Following is an action word.
The scriptures say that we will be enriched, and that what we do will result in thanksgiving. The joy that comes as a result of our enriched lives is the first fruit of our love for Jesus. People will know us by our love, our joy, and how we give and serve so that His mission is accomplished, and more people would come to meet, know and follow Him.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You truly are a give-first God and that You save second, and that we get to live on the rest. We get to live on the joy and abundance of a life spent loving You and others well because You sent a Savior and we have chosen to follow You. Give us courage to share the gospel in our actions, help us to trust You for all provision, and may Your name be glorified to the ends of the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.