Joel Plantinga

Read: 2 Corinthians 9

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (v. 10)

Two boys visited a candy store after school. The owner of the store decided to give the boys an unexpected blessing. He said, “I’ve decided you each get a free handful of candy!” The one boy hurriedly ran over to the bin of his choice and reached for all he could get. Strangely, the other boy walked out of the store without taking anything. A few minutes later, the boy returned with his father and showed him which candy was his favorite. Looking at the owner, the boy said, “You didn’t say whose handful, right?” With a laugh, the store owner obliged and let the older man with larger hands dig into the bin.

Being generous with treasure is essential to a walking faith. It’s a declaration of some important truths: God owns and we manage; God can do more with our resources than we can; and giving is a reflection of one made in the image of God who gave all of himself for us. We give as God gave. The giving of our treasure empowers the multiplication and impact of God’s kingdom in the world. Can you imagine how our world would change if every Christian gave willingly, sacrificially, and cheerfully? Do you feel joy when you give some of your treasure to the Lord? —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: Lord, help us to be wise and generous with what you’ve entrusted into our care. Amen.