Week 4, Day 7

Sabbath

  • Review your journal for the week. Reflect on
    • Areas that surprise you
    • Areas where you felt affirmed
    • New insights gained into your own journey as well as the character of God
    • Areas of struggle where God is leading you to new understanding or new area of growth.
  • What is your experience of the harvest of generosity?
  • What invitation or call has God placed on your heart during this week of prayer?
  • What reactions are stirred by that call or invitation?
  • Where do you sense God walking with you as you grow?
  • Spend some moments in prayer
    • Acknowledge God’s gifts and abundant generosity in your life.
    • Confess issues of struggle
    • Offer areas of wounded-ness to God’s grace
    • Request God’s presence and strength as you are lead in new understanding and areas of growth
    • Give thanks for God’s grace on this journey.

 

Week 4, Day 6

2 Corinthians 9:15

15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Paul teaches that even the opportunity to give is a gift.  What a gift it is to be a part of producing God’s harvest of growth for yourself, blessing and good for others, and ultimately the glory of God. Yes, the opportunity for generosity is an indescribable gift!

  • How will you respond to God’s gift of generosity?

Pray for a spirit of joyous generosity, for trust in God’s provision, for willingness to give that is matched by the ability to give, and for the bounteous harvest God has prepared.

 

Week 4, Day 5

2 Corinthians 9:10-15

10He 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.  11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.  13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.  15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Generosity points beyond the one who gives to the God who abundantly provides.  Behind all giving is the work of God.  God supplies the seed, multiplies the seed and increases the harvest.  God moves us beyond the fear of not having enough, beyond the inclination to hold onto and hoard, into the spirit of generosity.  Giving reflects the God who gives.  In our giving, God is glorified.

  • How does your giving reflect God’s work in your life?

Pray that your giving will reflect God’s generosity, so that God will be glorified.

 

Week 4, Day 4

2 Corinthians 9:10-14

10He 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.  11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.  13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.

Generosity produces a blessing for others.  Paul spoke of how the Corinthian’s giving would supply the needs of the saints, that is, it would meet the physical needs of the Jewish Christians during a difficult time.  In addition, their giving would cause the Jewish Christians to give thanks to God, verse 12 – for God’s provision of their need as well as for God’s good work among the Gentiles as evidenced in their giving.

  • How has your giving been a blessing to others?

Pray for those whose life will be blessed through your giving.

 

Week 4, Day 3

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

10He 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.  11You will be enriched in every way for our great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;

Generosity produces a harvest in the lives of those who give.  Paul told the Corinthians that they would be enriched in every way for your great generosity.  Their trust in God would be stronger.  Their awareness of God’s generous provision would be greater.  They would live out of a sense of joy and peace and contentment, rather than out of anxiety.  They would experience greater joy and satisfaction in their relationships.  They would make a difference in the lives of others.  Their giving would produce a harvest of righteousness in their lives.

  • How has your life been enriched through your giving?
  • How has giving shaped your spiritual life?

Pray that you would be open to how God would use giving to shape your spiritual life.

 

Week 4, Day 2

2 Corinthians 9:11-14

11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.  13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.

Paul described the many benefits that would grow out of the Corinthians’ giving: (1) God would bless the Corinthians; (2) the Jewish believers would experience relief for their suffering; (3) the Jewish believers would offer thanks for the generosity and faith of the Gentiles; (4) God would be glorified; and (5) a bond would form between the Jewish and Gentile believers, overcoming the long-held animosity and distrust between the two groups.

  • What good has come out of your giving
    • For you?
    • For others?
    • For the cause of Christ?

Pray that God will bless and multiply your giving.

 

 

Week 4, Day 1

The Fruits of the Spirit of Generosity

Paul taught that giving bears fruit – produces a harvest.  In chapter 9, Paul identified the harvest that he anticipated from what the Corinthians would give.  This week’s reflections focus on the results that come from generosity in giving.

2 Corinthians 9

First Stage– Hear the word addressed to you.

Read the passage through slowly several times.  As you read, listen for a word, phrase or thought that attracts or “stands out” to you.  Repeat that word softly to yourself for a moment of silence.

Second Stage – How is your life touched?

Read through the passage again.  Listen for how the passage touches your life today.  Consider how your life is touched or be open to receive a sensory impression (I hear…, I see…, I sense…).  Spend a few minutes considering what God is saying to you in these impressions.

Third Stage – Is there an invitation for you?

During the third reading, listen to discover a possible invitation.

  • Is God inviting you to give thanks for some expression of God’s grace and work?
  • Is there an area in your life that you fall short of God’s grace?
  • In what way is God calling you to apply new insight?
  • Do you recognize an area of your life that God is calling you change?
  • Is there an area of your life that needs God’s healing?
  • Is God challenging you to grow? Are you open to or resistant to that growth?

Ponder God’s invitation to you over the next moments of silence.

Fourth Stage - Prayer

Thank God for this time of prayer and ask God to empower your response to the invitation you have received.