6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;
God blesses you for yourself.
God blesses you for others.
You cannot be a blessing to others until you have been blessed yourself!
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
... for God loves a cheerful giver.
Greek - "Hilaros"
"God loves a cheerful (hilarious) giver."
-W.E. Vine Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
You cannot be a blessing to others until you have blessed yourself.
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
3 Types of People
- The poor and the needy
- The wealthy
- The facilitator who has a workable plan to use money wisely to bless the poor!
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Abraham's offering is the single greatest event in the Old Testament.
17 Faith enabled Abraham, when he was put to the test, to offer Isaac as a sacrifice... He who joyfully welcomed God's promises was ready to sacrifice his own son... though it was said to him, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named." 18 He believed that God could raise his son up, even if he were dead... 19 Hence, he did get him back, by what was a parable of the resurrection.
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
When you give, you get both bread to eat and the seed you sow is multiplied!
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, andincrease the fruits of your righteousness;
The fruits of your righteousness are the changed lives of people.
"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."
"... it brings forth much fruit."
The fruits of your righteousness are indeed material blessings.
And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind..."
"Give, and it will be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
The fruits of your righteousness are the effects of giving on your soul.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.