11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:11-15
Throw a pebble on a pond and watch the ripples spread. Grasped between the fingers and flung to the middle, that single stone reached its target and sank, but the affect went to the edges. Like a pebble on a pond, money given may meet a temporary need but the generosity makes lasting waves. Generosity ripples.
Paul inspires the church in Corinth by showing them the multifaceted impact of their financial gifts. When we take the stuff of earth and leverage it for the work of the Gospel and the life of the church we make waves.
- God makes our generosity possible… over and over.
- Our generosity produces worship and thanksgiving toward God from the immediate beneficiaries and from the people who benefit from the life of the church and her servants in Great Commission labour.
- Our generosity is a ministry serving God and the church.
- Our generosity flows from and drives us deeper into the Gospel of Jesus.
- Our generosity produces affection, prayer, and appreciation of God’s grace.
- Financial giving is only a small ripple of the awe produced by God’s most awesome gift for us — Jesus Christ.
What a privilege! Generosity ripples into eternity! Let’s make waves.