2 Corinthians 9 Lesson

Giving

Chapter 9 is about giving.  Based on Paul’s writings, there are 5 points that we will make about giving and then the lesson will be yours:

  1. Giving is something that we should prepare for.  Paul knew that there were people in need.  He also knew from his travels which people had the means to help them.  So Paul put together a plan to connect the people that were in need with the people that could help.  We tend to think of needs primarily as financial needs, but this concept applies to all areas of life.  If somebody is lonely and would be uplifted by a visit, then what they need is somebody’s time.  Some people have time available, and others do not.  Whatever we have been blessed with, we are to use it for the Lord.
  2. We should give generously.  Paul writes, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6.  When people plant a lot of seeds, they can expect their harvest to be more bountiful than those that plant only a few seeds.  The more we plant, the more reap.  If we have more to give, God does not want us to limit ourselves.  He expects us to use what we have been blessed with.  Remember the Parable of the Talents found in Mathew 25:14-30?  The servant who took what his master had given him and never made anything more from it was called, “wicked and lazy,” and “thrown into the outer darkness.  The servant who took what his master had given him and used it to make even more was blessed.  
  3. We should give as we have purposed in our hearts.  God wants us to reflect on how we have been blessed, give thanks, and actively plan how to best use our resources.  Our decisions should be based on what will glorify God the most and how can we best help our neighbor.  Imagine how different the world would be if everyone followed this type of servant leadership?  Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3.
  4. We should not give grudgingly, or under compulsion.  We do not give because we must, we give because we want to.  When we put our talents to work for the Lord, and use our blessings to help others, God is well pleased.
  5. We should give cheerfully.  “God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7.   It is a blessing to have so much that we share with others.  Realizing that God has given us more than we need and being able to help others should make us happy.

In conclusion, being a Christian is not about seeing how much “stuff” we can accumulate, and it is not about how comfortable we can make our lives. 

Giving is an important part of being a Christian.  Of course, Jesus is our perfect example.  He sacrificed everything to reconcile us with His Father on the cross at Calvary.  

SUMMARY ON GIVING

  1. Giving is something that we should prepare for. 
  2. We should give generously.
  3. We should give as we have purposed in our hearts. 
  4. We should not give grudgingly, or under compulsion. 
  5. We should give cheerfully. 

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

“Now I say this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows generously will also reap generously.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6.

Comments

Dan

We should certainly “give of ourselves.” I believe this means that we feel that whatever we have and whatever we can do are at God’s disposal.

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Michael

We can give of our time, our knowledge and our heart. If we look for neighbors to love, God will provide them. We can get involved in their lives. God wants us to practice hospitality and to love our neighbor's. It starts with getting to know them. We may often feel like we are "really busy right now" and that we will get to it "later". But before we know it, a lot of time has gone by. We should challenge ourselves to take the first steps to get to know our neighbors, however we define "neighbor"

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