His Indescribable Gift…
We are discussing, once again, how to give and what to give. As we have learned in other parts of the Gospel a wealthy person has their reward, someone who is financially wealthy they have earned all they will ever get. Why would anyone want to be financially wealthy when we are taught over and over that we are to be meek, humble and not necessarily homeless or live in poverty, but we are not to boast about who we are or what we have. We are to give it away, give ourselves to others.
What Paul says in this passage drives home what was said yesterday – click here. After meditating on this for just a short period it is very clear that Paul is not talking about giving funds / scripts / coins / money whatever you wish to call it but he is more talking about giving what we have, giving ourselves. Maybe I am 100% wrong in this, but it sure sounds like Paul is telling us to get out there in the harvest field as the work is plenty but the workers are few.
Paul also reminds us that once we move into the harvest field the rewards never stop coming. No, no one is going to pay you, but the rewards received have no price. Their value is beyond measure, their worth can not be seen as a material item.
II Corinthians 9 NKJV
1 Now concerning he ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;
2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.
3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;
4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9 As it is written:
He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”