1 Corinthians 9:9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.”
Paul is quoting Psalm 112: 9 here as he was explaining giving to the church of Corinth. Here is what the whole chapter says in Psalms:
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments. His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor. The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!
When our walk with God is right our giving is right! Everything in life is taken to a whole new level when we focus on God and walk in His ways. Sometimes we get so consumed with what we want and need we ignore the needs of others. There are great ministries that die out because those who are running them cannot afford to give any more of their own money to keep it alive, there are single parents who are struggling even though they are working hard to take care of their children. We all need to do our part and maybe you can’t give somewhere financially but maybe you could volunteer to help at the food bank or maybe go to a soup kitchen and volunteer. Maybe your church needs more women to help in Jr. Church or the Nursery.
I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of great people over the years traveling with Bill and I met one of Bill’s friends the other day that just amazes me! He has a business that has grown to a point that no one understands quite how he has done it and his accountant tells him all the time that he gives way too much money away. His answer is always “it’s God!” I have never really been able to look at someone and relate an entire chapter of the Bible to them but chapter 112 is him, he is doing things right ~ his whole focus is God, he works hard, he gives as God tells him to give and God has blessed him.
Where are you today on your giving scale? Do you have maybe extra time instead of money? Is there someone you could bless by just spending a little time with them loving on them? Do you have money that you could give? I would encourage you to ask God today if there is something you can do and for Him to open your eyes to opportunities to give in His honor, to love on others to show the love of Christ. Ask Him as Jabez did to expand your abilities to bless others. If you ask Him what you can do, trust me He will show you!
Quote: “I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you.” Blaise Pascal