2 Corinthians 9:6
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
The verse above is often used to teach the importance of financial giving, but to only apply this verse to financial giving is robbing the great help that this verse could give to your whole life. The verse above is primarily a principle about giving in general. Certainly, this verse applies to your finances, but it applies to so much more than your finances.
One of the greatest reasons many people lack in many areas of their life is because they sow sparingly in the area that they lack. For instance, a person who lacks love lacks it because they don’t give of their love to others. The reason a person lacks comfort is because they sparingly give comfort to others. The reason a person lacks encouragement is because they are sparing in giving encouragement to others. We could apply this principle to any area of your life for you to see that as long as you sow sparingly in an area, you will continue to lack what you need.
You must understand that the more you sow any of the graces of God, the more you will reap. The more you love others, the more you will be loved. The more you encourage others, the more you will be encouraged. The amount of your reaping only reveals how much you have sown in that area. Let me give you four thoughts about being a bountiful sower.
First, don’t look at your lack, but look at God’s supply. One of the reasons people continue to lack is because they look at the wrong supply. Too many people look at their inability to supply to determine how much they should give instead of looking at God’s ability to supply, which results in a sparing giver. You would be wise to look at God’s supply if you want to stop lacking in your life.
Second, purpose to give more. You will never give more until you purpose to give more. Verse 7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give…” Giving starts with a purpose for giving. If you purpose to love someone, you will give more love to them. The reason people are sparing givers is because of their self-focus. Selfishness always gives sparingly, but when you purpose to help others is when you are willing to give more of yourself so that you can be a greater encouragement to them.
Third, see that the purpose of giving is not to receive, but to give more. The word “bountifully” in the verse above comes from the word “bountiful” which means it is overflowing. In other words, he which soweth in an overflowing manner will receive more to overflow. God gives to you not to keep it for yourself, but to be a reservoir to give to others. God doesn’t give to you so you can get, but He gives to you so you can give. The more you give to others, the more God gives through you. In essence, you are a conduit from God to others.
Fourth, look at God’s ability to supply and not your inability to give. Verse 8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…” My friend, when you realize that God is always able to supply is when you will stop looking at your inability to give. Truly, your ability to give bountifully comes down to which supply you choose to dwell upon. You will only become a bountiful giver if you look at God’s ability to supply.