"Maturity: Fully Engaged in Giving"2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Thoughts for Today:The ultimate motivation for giving is because we love others. It's comparable to children who as they've grown more mature in their faith have learned to serve. Not just out of obedience, fear of punishment, or the example of their parents. Rather, they serve because their own hearts have been affected and changed. They have developed their own personal generosity and concern for others. Every parent longs for their children to make this transitional step. And it's what the Lord desires in His children as well.
In our passage today, Paul is following the same concept he spoke of in verse 8: God provides prosperity to us and enriches us in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion. The mature believer understands, trusts -- and most critically -- is fully engaged in this process. Not in all the possibilities God might have in our giving, but with confidence that giving works in just this way.
Questions to Ponder:It takes maturity to not only understand a concept, but also apply it faithfully in our lives. How are you doing on the maturity scale? What does your giving say about your spiritual condition? Are you fully committed to generosity?