Giving and Sharing

“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” (2 Corinthians 9:10).

In the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus first broke the loaves and then gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. Of course God could give many things to people directly, but He uses His people to bless others. When we consider our role in touching others, let’s take a closer look at the verse above from 2 Corinthians:

1. God provides the seed.
Whatever we do for others, we acknowledge that it came from God. He gave to us so that we could give to others. We must not limit this to money. Whatever gifts and talents we possess came from Him. We should use these gifts primarily for spiritual good. God provided us with these not to enrich ourselves, but to share good with other people. God provides the seed to be sown.

2. God keeps providing the seed.
If we part with our money or time, we sometimes fear it might be lost forever. But notice, God “will supply and multiply your seed for sowing.” As we give out, God keeps providing. When we hoard our gifts and talents, we cannot hope for God to bless that. On the other hand, if we faithfully impart whatever God gives us, God will faithfully provide more seed for further sowing.

3. God will reward your faithfulness.
God will “increase the harvest of your righteousness.” By providing seed for sowing, God multiplies the outcome leading to a greater harvest. He will reward His faithful servants by using them even more. When we share our time and resources, God does not allow our well to run dry. Instead, He abundantly supplies so that we can continue our efforts to impact lives.

The fact is that our meager efforts cannot supply all needs. But God in His power takes what we have and multiplies it for His own glory. Rightly understood, we all should be eager to participate in that.

Remember who gave you your life, time, resources and talents. He gave them to you not just for your personal happiness, but to bless others. Take what you have and use it for God’s glory and for the blessing of others. You will experience joy inexpressible and full of glory.

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