“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-8, NIV
Dear Praying Friends, During this season of gratitude and giving, let’s lift our gaze to the generosity of our heavenly Father. The Apostle Paul framed God’s generosity to us this way: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NIV)
From this perspective, perhaps it should be no surprise to us when we learn that the word “give” is mentioned in the Bible more than “pray,” “love,” “obey” and “believe” combined. With inflation, rising prices and financial pressures surrounding us, how do we reflect the generosity that Jesus calls us to?
The Bible teaches us that we are not owners, but stewards of our time, talents and treasures. All that we have is from God and for His purposes. As we enter this giving season, let's endeavor to faithfully steward our resources, relationships and how we spend our time. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you towards the best use of His resources and how He is calling you to give towards the Kingdom this year.
Let’s also lift up Kingdom generosity in our prayer guide this month, asking God to raise up gospel patrons and flourishing “tent making” businesses across our city. May God’s favor be on our finances as we seek to give Him glory as faithful stewards of all we've been entrusted.