“I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. For I know how eager you are to help, and I have been boasting to the churches in Macedonia that you in Greece were ready to send an offering a year ago. In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers to begin giving.” 2 Corinthians 9:1-2
I love the way this passage of Scripture begins. Paul is excited about the generosity of the people in Corinth. He has been boasting of how eager they are to help others. Their excitement and enthusiasm was an encouragement to other believers.
We find the Corinthians here giving to the work of the church. God starts in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, teaching us to give to the work of God. Paul continues the Lord’s teaching and in 2 Corinthians 9:7b-8 (NLT), says: “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
When we moved into the warehouse at the Holly location we raised money to purchase additional chairs. My heart was so excited to think about someone coming to the church and hearing the Gospel for the first time while sitting in a chair that had been purchased with the help of our church body.
The Bible mentions money over 800 times and more than half of the parables that Jesus taught were lessons about money. Our wise God knew that we would need a lot of direction in this area. The Psalms say that the Lord delights in His people. Would it not be incredible to know that we excited God with our generous giving? Scripture says, when we sow generously, we will also reap generously.
The typical title for 2 Corinthians chapter 9 is “God loves a cheerful giver.” I see it in all of my Bibles. What a great title! We should be cheerful when we give to God, after all, God generously provided all that we have!
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38