11/25/09

How to Create a Harvest of Thanks

Generosity yields greater thanksgiving. Paul told the saints in the Corinthian church, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us, your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (in 2 Corinthians 9:11). In other words, as you are generous, God will bless, and then you can be even more generous, and as you continue to give, people will start thanking God for your generosity.

Paul went on to say, in verse 12, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people, but it is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”

Your generosity—whether financial, social relief work, the gift of our time, supplying of needs, etc.—can result in abundant, joyful cries of “Thank you, God!” Isn’t that what we want? We talk about giving thanks to God for who He is, what He has done, and what He has given us, but this is another way to create a bountiful harvest of thanksgiving. We plant seeds of generosity! The resulting harvest is a triple blessing. We are blessed in the giving, the recipient is blessed, and God is the ultimate One receiving the blessing of gratitude.

In 2 Corinthians 9:7 we learn that God loves a “cheerful giver” (rather than one who gives out of duty). We can develop a greater spirit of cheerful giving as we realize that the end product is an explosion of praise and thanksgiving to God. We know that God, who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will continue to supply and increase our resources and enlarge the harvest of our righteous acts (2 Cor. 9:10).

This Thanksgiving—and all the year through—make the powerful choice to bless others with your generosity. Then watch for the sprouting harvest!


More Thanksgiving! Read "Priming the Pump."

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