God Loves A Cheerful Giver!- by Nicholas Odhiambo
2 Corinthians 9: 1-15
Paul acknowledges that writing to the Corinthians about participating in collection is excessive and he actually boasts about their readiness to the Macedonians in order to encourage them to participate as well. Paul sends some brothers to encourage the Corinthians to be prepared to give generously, so that he and they would not be ashamed and embarrassed when he comes with the Macedonian delegation to receive the Corinthian contribution.
Paul also reminds them that “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously" (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV). These words were directed to every individual of the Corinthian church, every member had to decide how much to give to the collection on his or her own.
Nowadays, in most African churches people are pressured and manipulated to give and this behaviour is unacceptable before God. People should give willingly and without compulsion because God loves to see people giving cheerfully. Therefore, those who give against their will cannot receive the blessing of God.
The apostle Paul explains that God will supply and multiply the seed and increase the fruits of righteousness for those who give generous (2 Cor 9: 8). And God gives us things so that we can share with the needy. We should also be reminded that God is the source of the blessing we are enjoying.The collection from the Corinthians was not only to relieve the needs of the Christians in Jerusalem, but also to encourage thanksgiving to God.
However, people should not blow the ‘trumpet’ when they are giving so that God in heaven can reward us.
Even us this week we can change and other people’s lives by giving.