Verse 1 – Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
Verse 2 – for I know your willingness, about which I boast to you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.
Verse 3 – Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;
Verse 4 – lest the Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.
Paul was appealing to the Corinthians sense of integrity to keep their promise of a generous gift.
Verse 5 – Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your bountiful gift beforehand, which you had previously promised that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.
There’s a great lesson here about preparing one’s heart before giving. Don’t do it out of pressure or obligation. Do it because your mind and heart is already set on doing it.
Verse 6 – But this I say: He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Money can become a seed that we either plant sparingly or abundantly. What and how much we plant will be the harvest results.
Verse 7 – So let each one give as he purposes in his heart , not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Our giving should flow from the heart of love for God and others, rather than from a feeling of duty.
Verse 8 – And God is able to make all grace abound toward you that you, always having all-sufficiency in all things may have an abundance for every good work.
Look what God will do for a generous heart: all grace will abound in every way in everything we need for every good work – there will always be enough. d\Do you have faith to believe that? God is able!
Verse 9 – As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.”
This quotation is from Psalm 112:9. Throughout the Bible God commands His people to give to those in need.
Verse 10 – Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
When we invest in what God has given us in the first place, He will provide us with even more to give. The very seed that the farmer has to sow, all started with God creating it.
Verse 11 – while you are enriched in everything for all liberty, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Verse 12 – For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
Verse 13 – while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
Verse 14 – and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
The impact of the Corinthians gift to believers in Jerusalem would go far beyond Jerusalem. When Christians are generous, it demonstrates the grace of God in them.
Verse 15 – Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Giving ought to be an expression of appreciation to God for sending Christ!