In the economy of God's Kingdom, not a thing is wasted! Paul explains to the Corinthians (and to us) what actually happens on Earth, and in the spiritual realm as well, when Christians give generously and freely to bless others.
The first thing that happens is obvious--the needs of the needy are met. Seems simple. This is the outward reason for the giving: People are in need, people have the resources to meet those needs, the prospering people give, and the needy people receive. Needs are met.
The other thing that happens is kind of expected, but has implications that reach all the way to heaven and back:
The needy people joyfully thank God for the blessing they received. They move from being needy to being blessed. They move from desperation to gratitude! It's no small thing to be thankful! Their thanks overflows in praise to God! Praise is a God-pleasing sacrifice. As their thankful praise rises to God, their faith grows strong. They give God glory for acting on their behalf. They begin to experience a deep affection for those who generously gave to meet their need. A deep and strong bond of relationship is formed between the giver and the receiver. They pray for those who gave to meet their need. And God answers prayer! So two good things happen--and they reach all the way to heaven and back!
Father, Thanks for the privilege of giving! May we always keep it personal and relational, so our giving can accomplish Two (or many more) Good Things! Amen!
Two Good Things
Reading: 2 Corinthians 9; Psalm 29
11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving--the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. (2 Corinthians 9:11-14 NLT)
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