Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 (NIV)
Receive From Me
What are you doing? I’m planting. What are you planting? I’m planting your word in my life. You are? I thought I did the planting. Well, you do. I probably meant that I am here with you in your word so that I can allow you to plant it in my life. You could choose to be a thousand different places right now. Yes, I could. But, you’re not. Nope. Why not? You have called and drawn me to this place. There is no place that I would rather be than right here, right now, with you. I’m very pleased to hear that. Why do you think that is? It certainly isn’t because of me. I have a hard time sitting still for five minutes. It’s a miracle really that you have placed this desire within me to be with you in your word. Yes, it is.
What is happening to you as my word is being richly planted in you? You are changing me. It’s not something that happens over night, but little by little you are molding and shaping my life with your word. I’m beginning to think your thoughts and feel your feelings. Yes, you are. You have given me new desires. I want what you want. It is now my delight to serve you.
Tell me about your new desires. It is my desire to help others grow closer to you. I want to encourage them to meet with you so that they can feast on your word and hear all that you want to say to them. So, you’re sharing my word with others? Yes, I am. In this process of you digging into my word and sharing it with others, what is happening to you? I am being blessed even more. How so? You are overflowing my life with your goodness. I’m growing and changing even more. As I give to others I am receiving as much and even more back in return. You are bearing fruit in my life and in your kingdom. I feel like a well-watered tree planted next to a stream. You are making me vibrant, joyful, and fruitful for you. The weariness that I once felt so frequently is gone. I have a new excitement that I have never felt before. I look forward to walking with you and serving others every day. It is my delight to bear fruit for you. Yes, I can see that. You are very right about something. What’s that? You have and are experiencing a miracle. I am using you to bear fruit for me. As you give to others, you will continue to receive even more from me.
Lord, you have blessed my life so I am able to cheerfully and generously give to others. Help me to say yes to you and to the needs of others. Protect me from being stingy. Help me to decide in my heart to give and sow bountifully. Amen
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