"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" (2 Cor. 9:8, NIV).
If you are doing things God's way—giving generously and with the right motivation—then you can expect God to meet your needs.
In today's verse, notice how many times the word "all" appears. I did a little Greek study of the word "all," and this is what I discovered: The word "all" means "all." It's a blanket statement.
God says in this verse that he will take care of all your needs in life if you will trust Him.
Here's the key question: How badly do you want God's blessing in your life? Will you trust Him with everything and choose to follow His commands, no matter what?
If you live God's way and if you give God's way, you can expect Him to multiply your seed of generosity: "Now He who supplies seed to the sower and supplies bread for your food will also multiply your seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness" (2 Cor. 9:10, MEV).
You need to expect God to multiply your seed. Giving is not a debt you owe. It's a seed you sow. And when you let go of what God has already placed in your hand (because He put it there in the first place), God will replace it with much more.
Five times in Scripture, Jesus commands us not to store up wealth on earth but to store it up in heaven. How do you do that? By giving and planting the seeds of generosity.
When you do that, God will use your giving to reap generosity in others. They will see that you trust God in all things, and they will be blessed. That blessing will reap a harvest that God can multiply for His kingdom in ways you could never imagine.
Talk It Over
—What are some specific ways God has been generous toward you?
—As you more fully trust God to take care of all your needs, how does it change the way you give?
—How has another person's generosity inspired you to live generously, too?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, one of America's largest and most influential churches. He is the author of the New York Times' bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book The Purpose Driven Church was named "one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century." Pastor Rick started The PEACE Plan to show the local church how God works through ordinary people to address the five global giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease and illiteracy. You can listen to Daily Hope, Pastor Rick's daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at pastorrick.com. He is also the founder of pastors.com, a global online community created to encourage pastors.
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