Generous Gratitude

Kristen Deede Johnson

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us . . . (v. 11)

In the Bible God has many different names. One of these names is Jehovah-Jireh, meaning “the Lord will provide” (see Genesis 22:14). It is God who provides us with what we have—seeds for planting, grains for harvesting, bread for eating.

But some of us who are hungry don’t have the resources to buy bread ourselves. Each of us, no matter how resourceful or wealthy, has areas of need. This is where the God who provides asks us to look out for each other, as members of the same family. The Lord will provide, but often his provision comes through other people, and so we need to generously share the resources we’ve been given.

As we give generously, we should pray that others give thanks to God, the original provider of all we have. This is what happened when the Corinthians gave generously of what they had. According to Paul, the ministry of the people of Corinth “not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.” May we thank God when others share with us when we’re in need, and may our own generosity result in overflowing thanksgivings to God.

PRAYER

We pray, Lord, that the generosity of the body of Christ will lead others to praise you.