From the verses (6-10), there are four areas that can help us to be grace givers. The series tells us that giving doesn’t happen naturally. It takes the grace of God because we are not naturally generous. It takes the anointing of God to make us grace givers.
Four areas that can help us to be grace givers:
Verse 6, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
Sparingly means moderately but also stingily. If you sow stingily, you’ll reap stingily. If you sow bountifully, you’ll also reap bountifully. Bountifully comes from two words—over and eulogy. When you sow with an over blessing, then you’ll reap with an over blessing. Our giving should speak of the overwhelming blessing of who God is and what He has done for us. Generous sowing ends up in generous reaping (Proverbs 11:24 & Luke 6:38). How we give matters, our generosity matters. “Sometimes, I think to myself, Lord, is this representative of what I want to multiply and give back to me.” In our kingdom, what we keep, we lose but what we give to God—He takes it and then He increases it. We have to be willing to go above and beyond.
“We are not giving until we start tithing.”—Dr. D’Ann Johnson
Verse 7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Purpose means intend—not with sadness, heaviness or sorrow. Do not give out of necessity, manipulation or grudgingly. If you’ve got an attitude, don’t give your money. God will get it done with or without you.
Verse 7, “for God loves a cheerful giver.”
God does not want a sad giver, a mad giver, but a cheerful giver. God loves a hilarious giver. He loves a giver who is willing, good nature, and ready. Give cheerfully—that you have such hilarious in your giving. People around you will want to get in on it. We need to practice being cheerful givers of ourselves. You don’t know what that seed will do in another person’s life. We in the church have co-signed on our own poverty. We want to shut our ears on the message of giving but will spend $400 on red bottom shoes to shout.
Verses 8-10, “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. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever. 10 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,”
Give expectantly because God is able. Your motivation to give should not be to expect something. Give of expectation from God. You can expect God to move on the people who said no before but turned around and said yes later. Expect God to make all grace to abound toward you. Expect God to provide all sufficiency for all things toward you. We confuse what we want and what we need. If we want it today and do not get it, then God decided you did not need it today. Expect God to give you abundance for every good work. It means He gives increased resources to bless others. Expect God to supply seed and bread (vs. 10). He gives seed to the sower and bread for food.
“If it can’t meet the need, it’s got to be the seed.” Dr. D’Ann Johnson.
Expect God to multiply what you give. He will supply the seed and multiply it for you. We give cash, but God gives life.
“He is the God of All.”—Dr. D’Ann Johnson