Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-9)
God’s economy is generosity. Although Scripture never prescribes a particular economic system for believers, we are called to imitate Christ, who became poor so that we might become rich. When we trust that the God who redeemed us in Christ will continue to give us everything we need, we cheerfully give from the heart and abound in every good work, free of fear, greed, or selfishness. We find joy in responding to God’s goodness by investing whatever He gives us in service to others.
“Heavenly Father, enable us to live generously, rejoicing in the gifts you have given us and wisely investing them for the sake of Your kingdom, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS EXPLAINED:
Given the debate this election year over economic proposals, it seemed
appropriate to reprint this reminder, first published by Ann Landers and
recently re-posted on Facebook by Kristin Ludwig.
Socialism: You have two cows.
Give one cow to your neighbor.
Communism: You have two cows.
Give both cows to the government, and they might give you some milk.
Fascism: You have two cows.
You give all of the milk to the government, and the government sells it.
Nazism: You have two cows.
The government shoots you and takes both cows.
Anarchism: You have two cows.
Keep both cows, shoot the government agent, and steal another cow.
Capitalism: You have two cows.
Sell one and buy a bull.
Surrealism: You have two giraffes.
The government makes you take harmonica lessons.
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.