Jesus is Lord Over the Harvest     4/2/2018

God Provides

2 Corinthians 9:10

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.

In this passage, Paul is talking to the Corinthians about sharing their wealth with the church in Jerusalem. He wanted to demonstrate the unity of the Gentile and Jewish churches. He also used this opportunity to teach about sowing and reaping, and the harvest.

First, he taught about sowing and reaping financially in verses 6-8. He explained that they should sow their seeds generously if they want to receive bountifully. Also, they should give with the right heart attitude of joy. In fact, the word he uses, ‘cheerful’, means ‘hilarious’. The word picture is someone so full of happiness they are rolling on the ground laughing.

Have you ever given up your money while wiping tears of joy from your eyes? Wouldn’t it be great if, during the church service as we pass around the offering bag, someone started laughing so hard they fell out on the floor? (No that is not the meaning of ‘holy roller’, that’s a different story.)

Paul then says a little prayer for the readers in verse 10, praying that God would supply the seed for them to sow. He indicates that as God provides, they will not lack provision (bread for food), but instead, they will have an increase in their own righteousness. In other words, as you give generously, you grow closer to God because God loves to give.

Paul concludes his message by declaring that the Corinthian church’s generous gift will cause such gratitude in the Jewish church that they will glorify God and will long for and pray for their Corinthian brothers. Thus, Paul’s intention of bringing unity in the churches will be strengthened.

What does this mean for you? If Jesus is Lord of your life, then He must also be Lord of your finances. If He is Lord of your finances, then you can rest assured he is also Lord of your harvest or increase. The most important result of your giving is that the Lord of the Harvest will use your gifts to bring in a different kind of harvest, a harvest of souls. This is the true heart of God ‘…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ 2 Peter 3:9

~ Dee Ouellette

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