November 24, 2023

Bob Maas
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11

God blesses people with material and financial abundance for a purpose. He expects them to use what they have received to be a blessing to other people. The common word that is used to describe this is to “share.” In Hebrews 13:16 it says, “Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Many times people in need fail to get their prayer requests fulfilled. God gives a very simple answer in James 4:3, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” God is pleased when we share with others from our abundance, but He is displeased when we spend only on the things that bring us pleasure.

The person who learns to be a pipeline of blessing from God to others is abundantly blessed by the Lord. We do this through bringing our tithes to the church, giving offerings to mission endeavors, giving to the needy, helping orphans and widows, and supporting church building projects.

There are many ways to bestow blessings on others besides giving money. We can show random acts of kindness, serve others, cook meals for people who are convalescing at home, give rides to people who don’t have transportation, and the list goes on and on. We are only limited by our lack of imagination.

My family and I have been the recipients of numerous acts of kindness and grace in numerous ways and forms. Cypress Creek Church is one of the most generous churches I have observed, especially through the community groups as people care for one another. It’s a joy to be a part of this kind of ministry.