Welcome to Friday’s Blog! Today is a great day and God is speaking into it!
2 Corinthians 9 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Last Sunday we saw Jesus being abundantly available, abundantly compassionate, and abundantly powerful as He interacted with real people like you and me! As I read the verses above I sense a dimension to God’s plan for me that is exciting. As He is abundant to me in so many ways (love, grace, relationships, health, finances) I am called and empowered by Him to be abundant to others. His plan is that I am a “river” of abundance into the lives of others not a “reservoir” of scarcity.
A river lives the abundant life because it trusts that supply will continue as it commits itself to giving itself away downstream. A river is moving and therefore has living life giving water. A reservoir is all about “getting” not giving. A reservoir is constipated.
Jesus has made us to trust in His provision for us every day, not worrying whether it will continue, so that we can be generous to those around us as God designs. As we are rivers of generosity we become the vehicle God uses to pour abundance into others all resulting in praise and thanks to God. Listen to that verse again, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
I was a stingy reservoir in a conversation with my son last night. He needed a bit of my help for something that he had procrastinated on – I think I spent a little too much time lecturing on the downside of procrastination (I am such a hypocrite sometimes – if you know me you know procrastination is one of my greatest vices) rather than on supplying the help he needed. How gracious had God been to me all day yesterday, yet when grace was called on from me I was stingy. The good news is that God graciously prompted me about what I was doing, helped me realize it before it was too late and I was able to change course and bring the help and hope that my son needed. God does often help me by prompting me to “blow the dam” and let the living water flow turning my stinginess into generosity again.
I do look forward now to a “river” not “reservoir” day. I want to trust this day in God’s supply so I can be generous in every way! I sense that is the way God’s Spirit is leading me today and I do want to be in flow with Him.
Enjoy “River Life” Today,
What is going on in your life and heart as you read these God-words today? Please share!