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Monday, June 30, 2014

Empty Hands Receive Greater Blessings

In review of 2 Corinthians 9:11 it says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Bottom Line:
We have be made rich enough to be generous at all times. Generosity on our parts will help those in need and produce thanksgiving to God.

What this means to me:
God has given me so much and enriched me in every way, so that I can always be generous and giving. My generosity to others will result in thanksgiving and praise to God. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:11, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (NIV). This is an amazing verse. God makes me rich in every way so that I can be generous on every occasion, which will result in thanksgiving to God. God doesn’t bless me so that I can be greedy; rather he blesses me so I can be generous. I give away, and God gives back to me so that I can give more away and he can give more back to me and on and on and on. God doesn’t give me things so that I can pile them up. Letting go of what’s in my hand, frees it to receive greater blessings from God. God’s giving is based on my attitude. That’s why it’s so important to live with an attitude of gratitude. The Bible says, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12). When I give, I’m performing a service. To serve and to give is the same thing. It’s two actions of love. I can’t love without serving and giving. And the best part is this: My service leads to expressions of thanksgiving to God. So I say, “Thank you God for making me part of your plan for serving and giving to others. Ultimately you make sure I’m never ripped off for doing so.” It helps for me to remember that what I have are all gifts from God. I am only a steward managing what he has entrusted me with. When I give, I’m imitating what my Father does, which is to give to me. My motivation to serve is based on what he has done for me. My service is my expression of thanks to him.

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