Sunday, May 09, 2010

GIG 240 - Sowing and Reaping is All About Benefiting Others

"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

Those are Paul's words to the church in 2 Corinthians 9. This verse has often been interpreted in a rather self-centered way, as if to say that if you sow generously or sparingly then you yourself will reap generous or sparing benefits from your sowing.  But is that what Paul is talking about?  Paul is talking to the Corinthians about their ministry/service to other people.  Rather than this being about God blessing the Corinthians according to how much or little they give, isn't Paul saying that the blessings are actually what takes place in the lives of the people who are receiving what they're giving?  Does God bless us because we've blessed others, or does He bless us so that we can bless others?

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