Sitting with the Shepherd
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "HE HAS DISPERSED ABROAD, HE HAS GIVEN TO THE POOR; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER." Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, (2 Corinthians 9:8-10 NKJV)
God is described in scripture of the Giver of every good and perfect gift from up above. We all at one time or another been the beneficiary of His gifts. Unlike human sources of supply, we are need not be concerned that His supply will ever be exhausted. His love is a prime example of this as scripture says that He lavishes His love upon us. To lavish means to pour without measure. And since love is the greatest gift of all and never runs out, all other gifts are within His ability to provide as well.
If we as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are to be used effectively in the work of the kingdom, then we need to accurately mirror the character of the One Who commissioned us to this work. Paul is admonishing us in our scripture passage above not to be weak and miserly in our giving for numerous reasons. One is that there is no need to be. We have His full assurance that His well will never run dry. The second reason is that we need to be an open channel of blessing, so that His provision can flow through us into the lives of those whom He is trying to reach through us. And finally because if we sow sparingly hoarding the seed rather than planting it, we will reap a less bountiful harvest of righteousness.
God's desire is to impart the righteousness of Jesus Christ into our once perverted and sinful lives. In order for that to happen we need to allow His Spirit to flow through us unhindered. As we allow Him to bless others through us we can be assured that His blessings to us will never run dry.
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Why are Gods blessings better than anything known to the common man?
2. What do we need to do in giving to mirror the character of our Father God?
3. How does the law of reaping and sowing apply in our ministry for God?
My Father in heaven, my God thank You indeed are the Source of every good and perfect gift from above. You have already blessed me far beyond what I ever hoped, expected or imagined. I confess that in spite of your faithful generosity in times past, I entertain feelings of doubt about tomorrow. I call the enemy to stand down and desist in the Name of my Victorious King Jesus Christ. It is in His Name that I live and pray, Amen