Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Corinthians 9
“Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
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. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
Putting ourselves in positions to be used by God is key to leaving a legacy. It’s in those situations that we experience God doing the “heavy-lifting.” Paul reminded the followers of Christ in Achaia about generosity. He’s asking them for a gift to help the poor believers in Judea. Paul shares the implications of generosity and how God can do incredible things as we give. Let’s dig into 2 Corinthians 9.
Main Passage: 2 Corinthians 9
What are the effects of generosity according to this passage?
Why does God make you “rich enough”? (vs. 11)
What does God-honoring generosity look like in this season of your life? Ask God for discernment and thank him for doing incredible things through you.
The classic saying “You reap what you sow.” applies here. This is not only a money issues, but also a prayer, time in the Word, etc etc. You get in what you put out. Heck, this applies to any craft or skill in general. Any football player can tell you he did not wake up one day and become a professional. He had to put in the time and effort to get to where he is today. Why people think God will bless their finances when they have yet to do something as simple as tithe, is beyond me. What is something you need to spend more time and effort on?