Scripture: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Every command God gives us is for our good, for the building up of the Church, and for the honor and glory of his name. God’s command to give, to share with others the resources with which he has blessed us, follows the pattern of command linked to blessing. Throughout Scripture, when a command to give is stated, along with that command is a reference to the rewards that the giver will enjoy. These blessings come in many forms.
“When Jesus was at Bethany…a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, which she poured on his head (and feet)…” (Matthew 26:6). Can we imagine the thoughts going through Jesus’ mind as this woman gave such a precious, costly gift to him? His disciples thought it was too expensive, extravagant, and wasteful. Sometimes it takes something out of the ordinary, something impractical to show our gratitude, to offer encouragement. We know Jesus was encouraged. “She has done a beautiful thing to me,” He said and then rewarded her with words that did more than compliment; they lifted her up. The incident is recorded for our benefit as well, for her example of encouragement is a lesson for us. Her selfless act of giving resulted in her being encouraged in her faith, even as she had encouraged her Lord.
This account truly illustrates Proverbs 11:25. “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” As Christians, we should give without reservation, without expectation of receiving anything in return. However, our gracious God, Who loves us so much, thrills to reward us. He has put within us the joy of giving and finding reward in another’s pleasure.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, as you are generous with me, grant me the joy of giving. Amen.