2 Corinthians 9-10

Read 2 Corinthians 9-10.

Have you ever read something or listened to someone and wondered at the end of it, “So…what’s the point?” I know I have. I’m sure you have. I may even be the one who prompted you to ask that question. The good news for us is that Paul doesn’t leave us with that question. Highlighters weren’t invented when Paul was writing, so he gives us the next best thing, kind of like a big flashing arrow to draw our attention to his point:

[6] The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. [7] Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7, ESV

What precedes these two verses are the logistics of the collection, and what follows is broader exploration of Paul’s point about sowing and reaping and cheerful giving, followed by a defense of his approach to ministry. Lest anyone get lost in the weeds, however, Paul points us to the main thing. Employing sowing and reaping as a metaphor for generosity, the apostle wants to be sure we understand that sowing generosity is a prerequisite to reaping a harvest of joy. This, he explains, is the outworking of God’s grace in our hearts.

Paul had a specific opportunity for generosity to set before the Corinthians. What opportunity for generosity has God placed before you today?

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