Reading: 2 Corinthians 9: 1-15
2 Corinthians 8 & 9 contain “Administrative Arrangements” for collecting resources to bring relief to the church in Jerusalem which is suffering severe hardships. Take a couple of minutes to read our text for today.
Here are the verses I want to underline:
The one who sows sparingly/bountifully will also reap sparingly/bountifully.
Each of you must give…not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.
Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!
St. Paul is talking about $$$. And that is so very important. But I want to remind all of us of the other gifts God gives us to share. Gifts such as faith, trust, commitment, humor, honesty, tears, questions, encouragement, hugs, anger, fears, frustration, confidence, skills, openness, and thoughtfulness. What gifts would you add?
I am encouraged by the indescribable gifts God gives us. And I think that the more we offer these gifts to others the more gifts we receive. Gifts come back to us many fold. At least that is what I discover every summer I spend with you at Camp Mount Luther. The more I give, the more I receive. So, don’t hold back.
Cheerfully sow bountifully and wait to be enriched. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Chaplain to the Staff
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