Saturday, 16 October 2021
Title: The Cheerful Giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) (NKJV)
By: Chan Yew Thai
Paul told the Corinthians, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” This verse brings to mind that everything belongs to God for He is the Creator (Psalm 24:1). We are just custodians of His assets due to His love and generosity for us. Understanding this concept will help us viewing our possessions, especially money and time, in a different perspective, and not being possessive and selfish about it.
If we are just stewards, then we should not horde them only for ourselves, but instead to be generous and wise in our giving so that God’s name be glorified. This reminds me about the parable of the talent (Matthew 25:14-30), where the servants who invested wisely were given more. All of them who “grew” their talent had their shares doubled, but the one who buried his talent and did nothing with it had his talent forfeited and cast away.
I remembered what Pastor Tan Eng Lee in one of his sermons long ago said, “Some people are so tight fisted that even when God wants them to give, He has to prise open the fists.” He went on saying that we must keep our fists loose to give generously, so that God can also bless us in return. I believe this is a good reminder to not be stingy with our money, but to be generous in our giving that others may experience the love of God through our giving. An example of this generous giving is the Covid relief fund of Pantai Baptist Church where many members and regular worshippers contribute towards it. This has benefited many through the food aid and meal programs, including foreign workers who were unable to work and had no money to buy food. Though many of the recipients had different religions, they experienced God’s love and were grateful to the church.
God loves a cheerful giver, not one who gives grudgingly or follows what others gave. We should give based on our ability and what our hearts prompt us to give. To borrow my nephew’s words, “God has never shortchanged us, neither will we be able to match God in His giving.” My nephew is an ardent believer of a cheerful giver; and looking at his life, I am convinced by what he says of God. No matter how much we give, God gives us more, not necessarily in terms of money, but in good health as we save on medical fees and the ability to work to make money, protect us from accidents that cost money in the form of repairs or replacement and many other forms that has financial implications.
God’s economy is different from the worldly one as it is unlimited. He can bless us in many different forms. However, we should not give only with the thought of receiving but to give freely; as freely we received, freely we should give.
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings. May you help us to be cheerful givers and wise stewards of your resources that many may experience your love and be drawn to you. Thank you, Jesus, for your love. We pray and asked all these in Jesus precious name. Amen!
2021 年 10 月 16 日
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹
保羅對哥林多人說：“少種的少收，多種的多收。” 這節經文讓人想起 “地和其中所充滿的，世界和住在其間的，都屬耶和華。”（詩篇 24:1）因為衪是創造者。由於衪對我們的疼愛和慷慨大方，我們成了他資產的保管人。理解這個概念將幫助我們從不同的角度看待我們的財富，尤其是對於金錢和時間，不再是具佔有慾和自私自利。