Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (TM)
As I look back at my life, I can count numerous times when God used others to be a blessing to me and my family. There were the people who provided funds for me to go on mission trips as a teenager and the realtor who gave me back his commission so I could afford my first house. There were the people who gave me support to spend a year in men’s ministry, and the the friend who took me to Ireland for the weekend. I have been on the receiving end of so many good and perfect gifts for which I am grateful.
And now, I find that the gifts others planted in me are bearing fruit and reproducing. I get to be a blessing to others the way others have been a blessing to me. I love to be generous. Giving is a blast. Giving lavishly is even better.
This is the way Kingdom economics works. We love, because Jesus first loved us. We give, because God (and others) have given to us. What others have planted in us is to mature, bear fruit and be scattered.