2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
We often use these verses to show the importance of giving money, and there is nothing wrong with this, but these verses are mainly dealing with the giving principle. Yes, giving financially to the LORD is included in this, but God wants the believer to understand that they will reap according to what they give. For instance, you will reap according to the effort that you give. You will reap according to your work ethic. You will reap according to the financial investment that you put into a project. In other words, God doesn’t reward freeloaders, but He rewards those who give the most because they have the most investment into what they are doing. So, if you don't like what you are reaping, it should cause you to give more of what you want to reap. However, what is the benefit you receive from giving?
First, verse 5 shows that it curbs your covetousness. God doesn't give to you for you to keep for yourself, but He gives to you for you to give out. Giving has a way of taking your eyes off yourself and your covetousness, but what you will find is that God will give you more than what you have if you had kept whatever you gave for yourself.
Second, verse 6 teaches it shows your faith to you and to God. God gives back to you with the same measurement that you give to Him. God overflows your measurement of giving so that you will give more the next time. The measurement of your giving shows your faith that you have in God. If you give little, you have little faith in God, but if you give much, you show that you have much faith in God.
Third, verse 7 teaches that it reveals your heart for God. Your heart is tied to your giving; therefore, however much you are willing to give towards God financially and in service shows what your heart is for God. Too many want to give little to God and have a heart for God at the same time, but that is impossible. Whatever you give towards the most is always the revealer of where your heart is invested.
Fourth, verse 6 teaches that it allows God to bless you more. God’s blessings are dependent upon your giving. Despite this evil crowd who thinks that God is going to give to you whether or not you do anything for Him is not true. God’s blessings are directly connected to what you give towards Him. God will invest His blessings in those who give the greatest of themselves and finances to Him.
Fifth, verse 7 teaches that giving to God invests your heart in Him. Your heart is where your money and efforts are given. You can't help but put your heart into what you are giving towards the most. One of the great secrets to having a heart for God and not for the world is to give of your effort and finances towards God, and your heart will follow your investment.
Sixth, verse 8 teaches that it helps your work for Christ to abound or thrive. This truth is proven true in the Book of Acts when the church sold everything they had for the cause of Christ, and that is likely why they turned a world upside down for Christ. I’m not saying that you should or should not do this, but I am saying that no work for God will thrive or abound without His people investing their all in Him.