Genuine Support

But remember this - if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much. Every one must make up his own mind as to how much he should give. Don't force anyone to give more than he really wants to, for cheerful givers are the ones God prizes. God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more, so that there will not only be enough for your own needs, but plenty left over to give joyfully to others. It is as the Scriptures say: "The godly man gives generously to the poor. His good deeds will be an honor to him forever."

For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on, good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest.

Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when we take your gifts to those who need then they will break out into thanksgiving and praise to God for your help. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (TLB)

Seung Jae Oh is from Chungnam, South Korea. Seung retired a long time ago, but has not been able to fulfill his desire to go abroad as a volunteer evangelist. In the meantime, he has chosen to support others in this work. Recently he heard from a missionary who was desperate because the church that had supplied his major funding could no longer support him. In vain, Seung begged several other churches to help him.

One morning while praying, Seung remembered the story of Jesus' feeding the five thousand. The disciples had suggested that he send the crowds away, but Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat" (Matt. 14:16). Five loaves of bread and two fish were inadequate to feed 5,000 people just as the rod in Moses' hand could not free the Israelites from Egypt. But in both cases, God supplied what the people needed. Yet, Seung had nothing that would help this missionary. Still, this passage remained with Seung. Then he remembered a small savings account that he had put aside years before for emergency use.

Seung decided he would no longer beg money from other people or organizations for this missionary but instead would give him what he had. Just as God gave manna and quail to the Israelites in the desert (see Ex. 16), Seung believes that when we are willing to give to others, God will provide for us.

Prayer: God of all grace, remind us that we always have something that we can give to those in need. Help us to be generous with others, in Jesus' name amen.

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