THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
GENEROSITY IN GIVING - 2
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
The one who gives will receive. And receive abundantly. “Consider
this:” (2 Cor 9:6a).
“whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
(2 Cor 9:6c). You reap what you sow. If you give generously,
you will reap abundance. The converse is also true (2 Cor
is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in
all things, always having all you need, you may have an
abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8). Note
that abundance is in all thingsmaterial, emotional
as well as spiritual. Note also that in giving, you will
not be deprived and so will not be lacking in any need.
“No one in need” applies to you, the giver,
“will supply and multiply your seed and increase the
harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Cor 9:10b). You
will never run short, since God Himself gives the provisions
you need, including what you give away. God does not just
add or restore, but multiplies!
are being enriched in every way for all generosity”
(2 Cor 9:11a).
is one important principle, however. Do not give for show.
“But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order
that people may see them” (Mt 6:1a). Do not do good
in order to be extolled, recognized, rewarded, awarded, admired,
lifted up in stature. “Otherwise, you will have no recompense
from your heavenly Father.” (Mt 6:1b). You may have
the admiration of humans and of the world, but not from God.
when we do help the poor, how should we do so? “When
you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise
of others.” (Mt 6:2a). They are hypocrites because they
do good not out of love for the poor but out of a desire to
be praised and admired. If we truly wanted just to help the
poor, then we do our work quietly, without much fanfare, so
that only God and the poor will know. Otherwise, we can deprive
ourselves of what we can receive from God. “Amen, I
say to you, they have received their reward.” (Mt 6:2b).
stresses the point. “But when you give alms, do not
let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that
your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in
secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:3-4). Whom should we want
approval fromthe world or God? Who would we trust in
to render to us the greater and more desirable rewardthe
world or God?
Oftentimes, in our almsgiving or work with the poor, we only
see and consider the poor and the world. But beyond them there
is God. And God is very concerned with the poor. God sends
us to bring glad tidings to the poor. Our relationship with
God and our blessings that come from God are intimately connected
with our work with the poor.
is not easy to work with the poor. But we must see the privilege
and blessings that are there, coming from God. We must freely
and joyfully engage in the work. “Each must do as already
determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a
cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7).
results in receiving. “Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his righteousness shall endure forever; his horn shall be
exalted in honor.” (Ps 112:9). In serving God by serving
the poor, we reap the harvest of righteousness and a life
of vitality and honor.