Use the questions below the verses of 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11 (CEB) to help you focus on the gifts you have received, your attitude toward giving, and the gifts you can give. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you pray so that you can make an honest assessment of your beliefs about giving and your giving habits. You may want to make notes in a journal for future reference. You may also want to discuss your thoughts about giving with your family – especially your children.
2 Corinthians 9: 6-11 (CEB)
(v.6) “What I mean is this: the one who sows a small number of seeds will also reap a small crop, and the one who sows a generous amount of seeds will also reap a generous crop.”
Am I invested in sowing seeds? Do I sow a “generous amount of seeds?” What kind do I sow? How do I share financial “seeds?” How do I share the seeds of love and compassion? Am I grateful for the seeds that others have sown that benefit me? What are those seeds? Am I so grateful for God’s blessings that I look for ways to show my gratitude?
(v. 7) “Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver.”
Do I “decide in my heart” what to give? Do I “decide” what to give based what’s best for my tax return or for social approval? Do I give a fair share of what I have accumulated? Why do I hesitate to give? Am I a “cheerful giver?”
(v. 8) “God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work. (v. 9) As it is written, ‘He scattered everywhere; he gave to the needy; (v. 10) The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness.
Do I truly believe that God will provide me with everything I need? Have I given without counting the cost – trusting that I will be provided with “more than enough for every kind of good work?” Would I give more of myself and my finances if I trusted that God would “increase [my] crop?”
(v. 11) You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us.
Do I believe that I will be provided for so that I can provide for others? What do I need to change to implement this promise in my life?