So Stinkin’ Blessed – Share the Blessing

2 Corinthians 3:2-3

We are Church 29:11’s letter of recommendation!

“Giving is about generosity.
Generosity opens up the soul. Generosity connects me with God.
When I give away what I’ve worked so hard to earn, I begin to understand the Gospel. I begin to experience the heart of God as He sees His son dying on a cross for the sin He did not commit.
Generosity is the key to the treasure chest of joy. When I give, I experience just a taste of heaven.”
 – Geoff Surratt

What is Paul speaking, even to us, in 2 Corinthians?

2 Corinthians 8:4

[ctt template=”3″ link=”6afSa” via=”no” ]As we become more like Christ we will be more filled with generosity.[/ctt]

Verses 6-14

[ctt template=”3″ link=”di0yn” via=”no” ]If you have needs, pray you can be so blessed that you can be a blessing to others, not just a recipient.[/ctt]

Verses 9:2-8

[ctt template=”3″ link=”2S4Un” via=”no” ]If we sow generously and cheerfully we’ll reap generously, enough for us and to share. [/ctt]

An orphan spirit

Joseph Mattera’s article on the Orphan Spirit

We say we’ll begin giving when we get caught up financially, when it doesn’t take faith. And we’ll serve when we have more time or a convenient time.
But that’s from an orphan spirit, one that doesn’t believe God is going to follow-through on His promises and take care of us!

An orphan spirit creates selfishness, jealousy, greed, insecurity, competition and distance between adults and children and finds its identity in “things.”

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 Corinthians isn’t really about communion just like 2 Corinthians isn’t really about money. It’s that they haven’t yet allowed the Spirit of God to transform them through the Gospel!

When we live in the knowledge that
we are sons and daughters of God,
we don’t have to fight for our blessings.
So we don’t have to hoard them either.