Thought for the Day #283
LITTLE EFFORT- LITTLE GAINED
2 Corinthians 9:6†††††† (New American Standard Bible)
6Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
There are takers and then, there are givers. There are losers, and then, there are winners.
God has set forth specific formulas for prosperity. He has also determined specific laws that always produce poverty.
Perhaps you've known someone that is particularly selfish and stingy. They manipulate themselves into position to be on the receiving end of every situation. Demanding more than they ever give, they refuse to extend themselves into position of generosity.
In most cases, you will notice that these people are basically miserable and almost always poverty-stricken.
They may have greater income than others. Yet, everything goes wrong for them, they are unable to preserve their financial assets. Overtime their possessions decrease rather than increase.
This is the type of person who wants exemplary service and larger than normal portions. Upon receiving the special treatment, they show their ingratitude by leaving a very small tip, if any, to those who served them.
They are losers. God's law of reaping and sowing rewards them in proportion to their generosity, if any.
One may have little and generously share of that which they have. They sow bountifully. Giving unselfishly, their benevolence is rewarded with greater increase. They are always being blessed by others. Their needs are always supplied.
Sow a little, receive a little. Sow often, as God provides, and reap great benefits and enjoy increase. The selfish heart restricts blessing. The generous heart opens the door for God's outpouring. Remember, we really do reap in proportion to how we sow.
Dear God, in heaven, I don't want to be guilty of selfish and †insensitive actions. Sometimes my fear of insufficiency restrains my sowing. I don't want to be a selfish person who is always looking to receive, but never willing to give. Help me to remember that the return on unselfish benevolence is always greater than that which was sown. I pray in Jesusí name. Amen.