Sitting here while Jake sleeps trying to reflect on 2 Corinthians 9:1-15. I started reading and my first thought was ‘How could any of this stuff ever speak to me???’ It seems so irrelevant. I get far more out of the (oh so emotional) Psalms than I do from Paul’s letters. But as I ploughed on, verse 6 onwards began to speak to me about the weekend I’d just been through. On the weekend I sowed one seed. I have many more to sow. I gave away a single bloom to a little girl who got baptised on Sunday just because I felt God asked me to.
Havinig read 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, I realised it was a seed. A seed,… and that God encourages us to give generously.
Verse 8 says:
“God is able to give you more than you need so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and MORE THAN ENOUGH for every good cause.” (CAPS mine)
This really spoke to me. On Friday, World Vision sent a request for a donation in the mail. “These charities,” I ranted “Just because we sponsor a child they think we’re bleeding hearts. Do they think I’m made of money???” My rant continued as I threw the letter in the bin.
We’re not middle-class. Heck, we’re barely even working class. We’re scraping through on one wage and dreading the day the baby bonus ends (incidentally, it was last week). But God says we’ll always have enough for our needs and more than enough for every good cause.
Can you believe it?