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In the latter part of the 17th century, German preacher August H. Francke founded an orphanage to care for the homeless children of Halle. One day when Francke desperately needed funds to carry on his work, a destitute Christian widow came to his door begging for a ducat--a gold coin. Because of his financial situation, he politely but regretfully told her he couldn’t help her. Disheartened, the woman began to weep. Moved by her tears, Francke asked her to wait while he went to his room to pray. After seeking God’s guidance, he felt that the Holy Spirit wanted him to change his mind. So, trusting the Lord to meet his own needs, he gave her the money. Two mornings later, he received a letter of thanks from the widow. She explained that because of his generosity she had asked the Lord to shower the orphanage with gifts. That same day Francke received 12 ducats from a wealthy lady and 2 more from a friend in Sweden. He thought he had been amply rewarded for helping the widow, but he was soon informed that the orphanage was to receive 500 gold pieces from the estate of Prince Lodewyk Van Wurtenburg. When he heard this, Francke wept in gratitude. In sacrificially providing for that needy widow, he had been enriched, not impoverished.

The Apostle Paul wanted the church to know that it is indeed “more blessed to give than it is to receive.” Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians are a call to live with an attitude of generosity. In the last part of chapter 9 Paul lists several benefits that come to the person who live with an open hand of generosity:

1. Personal enrichment. Verse 11 of chapter 9 says that the one who gives generously will be made rich in every way.

2. Needs met. God supplies resources through the generous givers so that the needs of God’s people can be met.

3. God is praised. Verses 11, 12 and 13 all reiterate the fact that praise and thanksgiving to God will be made.

4. Prayers. People will lift your name before God in prayer. Verse 14 says that because of the grace of God that has been expressed through you, people are going to pray continued blessing upon your life.

The Lord wants us to live from a perspective of “enough”. He has enough to meet all of our needs, so there is no reason to become miserly with what he has put in our hands – rather living with an attitude of generosity and sharing what we do have leads to a continued flow of his riches in Christ Jesus. You cannot out-give God.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wednesday August 18, 2010   2 Corinthians 7-9 & Psalm 107:1-16

Thursday    August 19, 2010   2 Corinthians 10-13 & Psalm 107:17-43

Friday         August 20, 2010   Ezra 1-3 & Psalm 108

Saturday     August 21, 2010   Ezra 4-5 & Psalm 109:1-15

Sunday       August 22, 2010   Ezra 6-7 & Psalm 109:16-31

Monday      August 23, 2010   Ezra 8-10 & Psalm 110


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