“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:6-7).
Paul is telling the Corinthians to be prepared to be generous, because generosity does not happen on accident.
For the Christian, we should not feel “compelled” by others in the church or sudden circumstance. Giving is something we should do intentionally, plan in advance (v.5)
It is something we should work hard at. Paul likens it to sowing seed, to the kind of work farmers do. The seed we sow is our sacrificial giving, and if we work hard to sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully God’s abundant blessings.
And why is it that God loves a cheerful giver? Because God himself is a cheerful giver, willingly giving us his most precious Son because of his love for us. We give because God has given himself—in Christ at the cross, and in the Holy Spirit, dwelling within every believer.
It is because we exclaim with Paul, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (v.15), that we ourselves are generous. If you aren’t generous, it’s probably because your heart isn’t exclaiming much.
If you want to reap bountifully, look at God’s inexpressible generosity in Christ. When your heart starts singing, the rest of you will start giving. And when you give, when you sow bountifully, so will you receive.