9 Now concerning the ministry to the saints, it is unnecessary for me to write to you. 2 For I know your eagerness, and I boast about you to the Macedonians: “Achaia has been ready since last year,” and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you in this matter would not prove empty, and so that you would be ready just as I said. 4 Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we, not to mention you, would be put to shame in that situation.[a] 5 Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not as an extortion.
6 The point is this:[b] The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. 9 As it is written:
He distributed freely;
he gave to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.[c]
10 Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. 14 And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 2nd Corinthians 9:1-14 CSB
The only thing that satisfied our needs is from God. All the stuff we have is from God.
God uses our gifts to expand His kingdom. God is a sacrificial giver. We see that through the cross.
Prepared to be generous
Christians are called to meet the needs of other churches, Christians are called to meet the needs of other Christians.
We are the church of Jesus Christ, not Refuge Church, not First Baptist. We are the Church.
The culture said keep everything and take care of your family. Paul says we are called to be a different, to meet their needs but to meet the need of brothers and sisters of Christ.
God is a God of all nations. There is no racial divide in the Church of Jesus.
We are not concerned in just giving to our local church, we are here to advance the Kingdom of God. Its about Jesus its never about us. We give as an act to worship to God.
Prepare you offering in advance
We pray about and give out of a heart of worship.
I will not offer something to God that cost me nothing. (2nd Samuel 24:24)
You can never repay God, God doesn’t need our money, Its an act of worship for us.
The widow who gave a half a penny but gave a bigger offer of worship. (Luke 21:1-4)
This should not be an extortion, I’ll give to God so he will give back to me. That is extortion. That is not giving out of worship but because a love of money.
When you give generously you experience God’s blessing and when you give sparingly you miss out on the blessing.
The disciples never thought that if they gave everything to Jesus they would be rich.
Jesus is the treasure.
We see our blessings in new believers, reaching our communities and expanding the kingdom of God.
We give generously and hilariously, because Jesus gave to us.