Heavenly Econ 101

15 Nov

accountingThink of at least two ways God has made you rich. If you can’t stop at two, even better.

Paul gets excited for the blessings the Corinthians will receive from God because of their generosity in 2 Cor 9. His context is finances, but the larger application of giving and receiving intangibles is also valid.

As you read the following, think about the ways God has made you rich:

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. 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. 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.
2 Cor 9:8-11

Did you see the reason we are made rich? So that you can be generous on every occasion!

The blessings God gives are not for us, but in order that we can bless others.

Continue reading:

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. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Cor 9:12-15

What a lesson in Heavenly Economics 101!

  • God gives me what I need and more,
  • Which supplies the needs of others,
  • AND he gives us his indescribable gift: his Son, grace, the Gospel.

No need for a calculator or an accountant to figure out this balance sheet – God gives me more than I need, or I deserve.

And I give him praise!

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READY FOR SUNDAY

God supplies my needs abundantly. That means that I lead out of abundance. All the time. (Even if I don’t feel like it.)

As I serve him by leading generously, thanksgiving to God results – in fact, it causes overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. In addition, as I serve others by sharing what God has given me with them, God is glorified!

It just keeps getting better and better…

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