God Provides and Multiplies

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, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

Many times I have heard the preaching of these two verses and, generally, I have seen people around me whose mouth is water when they hear them. These two verses are part of the heavy artillery of those who draw people to Christ by promising them prosperity. It is true, God gives seed to the sower, and bread for food and promises us provision and multiplication. Of that there is no doubt, the question is, why does God supply and multiply us? To feed our ambitions or to share with others?

The answer to the two previous questions is given in verse 11: while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. Being enriched in everything is for all liberality, not for all stinginess and avarice. Releasing is releasing, not grasping. God does not supply us and multiply us to make our fortune and bathe in the bills like Scrooge McDuck. If God gives us the privilege of being prospered in the material, it is to be a channel of blessing of those who have nothing.

Let us return again to where he says that God gives seed to the sower and bread to the one who eats. God gives seed to the sower not to the one who eats the seed or who guards it. Every seed that God gives is to be sown. And the process of multiplication occurs when this seed is sown in a good land and produces abundant harvest. The law of sowing and harvesting of which so much is spoken today is not only a seed and an abundant fruit. To have a harvest, you also need a good soil and take care of the plant until it produces fruit.

How does God give bread to the one who eats? Before answering this question, it would be much better to make this one, who do they eat? All human beings, both men and women should eat. So if God gives bread to the one who eats, He supplies the food needs of each person. Sometimes the provision will come into our hands and we will be satisfied; but if God gives us more, it will be to feed him who does not have.

The words of Jesus that strike me most are in Matthew 25:34-40, Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?’ “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

If God has provided and multiplied us and we see a brother in need, let’s not say that we are going to pray for the brother who is on trial. We are also in the test to see if we are capable of managing the multiplication that has been given to us to meet the needs of our disadvantaged brethren. Let’s not be those mentioned in Matthew 25: 41-46. God bless you.

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