“Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;” – 2 Corinthians 9:13
As Christians we are called to tend to the needs of each other and to others, always esteeming others (and the needs of others) better then self. 2 Corinthians chapter 9 talks about being a cheerful giver. Giving begrudgingly, out of obligation, or even out of a boastful and arrogant heart is not pleasing to God. However, giving out of love with joy and an excitement for the opportunity to be a blessing, rather then seeking to receive a blessing, will in-turn release upon you a greater blessing. In this manner are those blessed most, who seek it least.
When you have no desire to heap blessings upon yourself and are faithful to pour out the little you have on others, God will then entrust you with more that you might pour out the more, spread those blessings, and when you are emptied be filled again to even greater measures then before. This is true with physical gifts and blessings, as well as with spiritual ones. Whether it’s money, possessions, positions, revelations, insights, testimonies, dreams, spiritual gifts of faith, words, healings, or an answered prayer; it’s all given to us to share. When we are faithful to sow the seeds God gives us, it reaps a great harvest that will in turn pour more blessings upon us then those seeds alone ever could, and not only us but others also. Furthermore, the new harvest provides for an even greater stock of new seeds and an even greater opportunity to sow (or plant) and even greater harvest. Don’t waste the blessings God has given you, use them to be a blessing that you might reap a greater one.
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew 25:14-30
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,” – Acts 20:32-37