2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – “Now I say this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one must do just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
The ways of God are absolutely amazing. He calls us to support His work, we say yes, and then He does the rest. First, He changes our hearts so that we actually want to support His work. Think about how much the desires of your heart changed after you were born again. You use to spend your money on all your temporary joys and vices. You valued things that really aren’t very important. When Christ came He became your treasure and supporting His kingdom flows out of this new heart that He has placed inside of us. Secondly, He gives you new creative ideas that will bring in new resources. Suddenly, you will see that He can supply many different ways and will show you how to put yourself in a position to receive blessings. Next, He gives the talent and strength to do the work. Talent and gifts come from the Lord. He provides the ability to perform the tasks He has put before you. Then He adds His blessing to the work of your hands. Favor will come to everything you put your hand to. This is how the Lord supplies for His work.
Paul often spoke about the church in Philippi as an example of the Lord’s plan of seedtime and harvest. He said that the church in Philippi was the first to get behind Paul’s ministry financially. When Paul wanted to receive an offering for the church in Jerusalem these Macedonian Christians begged to be given the opportunity to participate. Now, here is the secret to this whole thing about giving and receiving: the Lord is constantly involved in every part of our lives. When we yield to Him and start directing our time and resources to His work the results can be astounding. I think of Peter giving his boat and the little boy giving his lunch. The results in both cases were above and beyond what anyone could have imagined. Get involved in His work yourself, you won’t be disappointed. You may just find some answers to what your life is all about.