2 Corinthians 9:6-11 – “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written,“HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” NASU
There are several things I wish to address in this devotional other than specifically the “Law of Sowing and Reaping”. That law is emphasized in v 6 but the expansion upon that principle by the apostle Paul in the next verses is vitally important for our consideration. Let’s consider the principles, promises, and potential of Paul’s declaration.
This giving or sowing is to be done uncoerced and out of a reasoned decision of the giver or sower. The need is presented, prayer offered, and a decision or desire expressed based on what the heart longs to do not through shame or coercion. If we give grudgingly but out of a sense that we must do so to either put a salve on our conscience or for appearance it is a waste of time as far as any benefit spiritually or naturally we will receive. God is moved not by what is in the hand but what is in the heart. If a gift is not joyfully given from one’s free will it is not a gift in the truest sense but an attempt to buy or earn something. There is no reward for that.
The promise found here is that when the giving is completely a result of the free choice and done cheerfully out of a heart overflowing with love and compassion, God makes ALL GRACE abound to the giver. That grace produces some specific happenings, one of which is the giver will have ALL SUFFICIENCY in EVERYTHING and have an ABUNDANCE or overflow enabling them to give to EVERY GOOD CAUSE they encounter. That is an incredible promise and potential. How would you like to be in a position where you had overage that would allow you to give to whatever good cause you encountered? The verse quoted by the apostle is from Psalm 112:9 and is an incredible promise of the LORD. It not only indicates a return on your giving but God’s viewing your stewardship as righteousness.
The explanation of the apostle Paul in vv 10-11 is encouraging and inspiring. Paul reminds us of God’s ownership of everything in the world. He highlights the truth that God is the one who supplies the seed for sowing and gives the increase of harvest. God takes our gift(s) and enriches our lives in every way enabling us to become givers or sowers with even more liberality and that ability and liberality produce a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to God. Thus, giving becomes worship to God and enriches our lives in more than material possessions. Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 6:38, “Give and IT shall be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
What we give determines what we receive for it will be IN KIND. How much we give determines the return for it is MORE than we have sown. Our sowing determines future harvest in our lives and what we give determines the kinds of harvest. We reap WHAT we sow, MORE than we sow, and LATER than we sow. But REAP WE WILL either good or bad. This is an irrefutable principle and law of God and when we realize that through our giving we impact our lives in more than just money we have found the truth that can liberate us and propel us into God’s kind of liberality in sowing and reaping.
God, bless you as you enjoy this day the LORD has given us to live.