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On Every Occasion

Hilarious Generosity



2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (TPT)
6 Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. 
7 Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity! 
8 Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. 
9 Just as the Scriptures say about the one who trusts in him:
Because he has sown extravagantly and given to the poor, his kindness and generous deeds will never be forgotten.
10 This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow. 
11 You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.


As we have seen in every grocery store across Canada, during times of uncertainty it is easy to go into protective mode. We start to hoard things that we believe we will need to survive or have a clean butt, depending on where your priorities lie. As Christians we are called to a standard higher than protecting ourselves. We are here to bring light, to feed the hungry and cloth the poor! We are here to bring the peace of Jesus to a world in chaos. Even when our future seems uncertain. Even when our peace feels disrupted. The truth is our future is secure. Our King reigns. And God is still in control. Now is the time when we get to stand tall and be generous on all occasions. Showing the world that we trust our Father to provide for every need just as He has promised us! Every chance you get during your quarantine be generous. Make dinner for your household. Spend time on the phone with someone who has no housemates. Give someone $20 to help a family groceries. Love without condition. Protect those who don’t deserve it. And cherish every opportunity to shine in this trying time. This is an opportunity to show the world what it looks like to be a follower of Christ. Let’s not let them down. 

By Jill Thornley

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