Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (v. 11)
As Paul traveled through the Roman Empire he collected offerings from churches that had more in order to share with churches that had less. Through this experience he noticed the principle that God blessed both the giver and the receiver.
While in Mexico to build houses for the homeless, we saw this principle at work. An experienced member of our work team brought his own power tools to help with our project. He also brought a particular tool that is used in building construction to anchor the house frame to the foundation. He figured we could go twice as fast using two of these tools and planned to donate his tool to the local ministry when we were finished with the house so they could have an extra.
As we began the process of attaching the frame to the foundation, the tool provided by the local ministry broke. While my friend’s plans to work twice as fast failed, we rejoiced that God had provided us with another tool that worked well. We would have struggled to finish framing the house without it.
Through my friend’s generosity and foresight, God blessed us with the ability to finish the house on time. More importantly, we were able to bless a homeless Mexican family with a place they could now call home. —Rob Donoho
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for faithfully providing for us. Bless us as we share your generosity with others.