Decide Which Economy
7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 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.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NKJV
If you look at the economy of this country or the world’s economy at any one point in time, you will have a reason for uncertainty. At certain moments, looking at the health of our economy can cause outright fear. No matter how hard you try you can never secure your economic future because so much of it is out of our hands. Much depends on the health of the economy around us. That is why we should desire to be connected to God’s economy and not the world’s economy. In God’s economy there is never a recession or depression. He is a God of abundance and always has more than enough. So how do you move your economic future away from the world’s economy and into God’s economy? Verse 7 above says that we make that decision when we make the determination to give.
When you purpose in your heart to give with the right heart, you have successfully moved your ties from the world’s economy to God’s economy. He is then able to make all grace abound towards you financially so that you will always have all that you need for everything that you desire as well as enough to give away.
If you go down a few more verses we learn that, “… 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”. In other words, when you determine in your heart to be a giver God is free to supply you with both seed [or money] for you to sow to His good works and He supplies money to meet your needs personally. And the money that He supplies is not tied to what the world’s economy is doing. And because it is in His economy, He will personally multiply that which He is entrusting to you.
So the question that you need to finalize in your mind is “Which economy am I tied to right now”? Is that the economy I want to be tied to? If you are not satisfied with the answer you conclude, then perhaps this is a good time to make the determination in your own heart be a giver after the heart of God.
J Todd Hostetler