Summary: Far too often we do NOT give as we should and we harm our witness and God’s work when we are disobedient!
Date Written: October 21, 2009
Date Preached: October 25, 2009
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Sermon Series: Steppin’ UP to the Next Level
Sermon Title: Steppin’ UP to a new level of Giving…
Sermon Text: 2 Cor 9:1-15 [NKJV]
I once heard of a preacher from a small church who would take his 2 sons to the Thursday morning Bible study. There was an elderly deacon who met with them and every Thursday morning ole’ George would split his donut with the little brother.
It was a few Sundays later when the younger of the brothers came to church with a sandwich bag full of Cheerios. Ole’ George leaned over and asked the young man if he could have some and the little boy reached into his bag, pulled out a Cheerio, and split it in half and gave it to ole George!
Now this is a humorous story, but it carries with it a very stark and telling lesson… so often I believe our generosity to God is like that! You see God has given us so much, and yet we give Him back so little of what we are blessed with…We need to learn to STEP UP to a new level of giving… to a new level of blessing… to a level that we find illustrated in our passage this morning, turn with me to 2 Cor 9 and we are going read ALL 15 verses…
2 Cor 9:1-15 [NKJV]
1 Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you; 2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority. 3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready; 4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 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, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!