Inspiration

Empty Hands Receive Greater Blessings

"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."
(2
Corinthians 9:11 NIV)

The Bible
says in 2 Corinthians 9:11, "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"
(NIV).

What an
amazing verse! God makes you rich in every way so you can be generous on every
occasion, which will result in thanksgiving to God.

God doesn't
bless you so you can be greedy; he blesses you so you can be generous. You give
away, and God gives back to you so you can give more away and he can give more
back to you and on and on and on. God doesn't give you things so you can pile
them up. When you let go of what's in your hand, it's now empty to receive
greater blessings from God.

But as I've
said before, God's giving to you is based on your attitude. That's why it's so
important to live with an attitude of gratitude. The Bible says, "This service that you perform is not only
supplying the needs of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many
expressions of thanks to God"
(2 Corinthians 9:12).

When you give,
you are performing a service. To serve and to give is the same thing. It's two
actions of love. You can't love without serving and giving. And the best part
is this: Your service leads to expressions of thanksgiving to God.

Take a moment
to pray and express your gratitude to God.

Talk It Over

  • What does it
    mean to develop an attitude of gratitude?
  • How does your
    giving reflect God's generosity toward you?
  • What is your
    motivation to serve and give? Does your service lead to an expression of thanks
    to God?
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