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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity iny you. 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."—2 Corinthians 9:10–11 (NLT)
Have you ever found a gold mine? Well, that’s what today’s passage is. So many amazing things are revealed to us in these 67 words. Take a minute to read the verse again right now. I’ll wait . . .
So, what am I seeing that is so profound and wondrous? It’s a powerful revelation: God is the One who produces generosity in us. It is not something naturally found in us. By nature, we are selfish, self-absorbed, self-obsessed beings.
Apart from God, people may do generous things from time to time, but there is almost always an ulterior, underlying motive—something aside from simply feeling compelled to help. It may be to feel good about yourself, for a tax break, to impress someone, because everyone else is doing it, or because it will make others think more highly of you.
This is often even true of Christians! But for the passionately devoted, growing disciple of Jesus, His generosity is produced in us by the Holy Spirit. It’s poured into us supernaturally and, as we respond to His work in us, generosity overflows from us to others. And the more we’re generous with the things we’ve been entrusted with, the more He pours into us. And even though receiving a blessing isn’t our motivation (honoring our Lord and responding to His generous work in us is!), as His generosity naturally begins to pour out of us, He promises to increases our resources.
Now, here’s the most amazing thing about it all . . . When we humbly submit and surrender all the Lord has entrusted to us over to His control, when we allow the Spirit to let the generosity of God flow through us into the lives of others, we become the most effective evangelists we’ll ever be. In today’s verse, Paul says, “And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”
There truly is no better form of evangelism than putting on the Lord Jesus Christ and living the gospel through compassion, care, and kindness. So, if you want to be a truly difference-making, life-changing evangelist and disciple, start with generosity. Let it rush through you like an uncontainable river current.
DIG: Read 2 Corinthians 9.
DISCOVER: How have you seen God produce His generosity in you or others?
DISPLAY: Today, commit to submitting your resources, time, talent, and relationships to the Lord. Submit to His work and will, and ask the Lord to produce a harvest of generosity in your life. And then, listen to the Spirit’s leading.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.