QT – II Corinthians 9

Vs. 6, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”  In our previous chapter, Paul discussed the importance of giving, now we see the benefits of what it does for us!  These two chapters present giving as a blessing, not as a legal obligation that burdens people.  We see that not only were the Macedonians encouraging the Corinthians, but the Corinthians were also encouraging the Macedonains and both of them were encouraging the church in Jerusalem!  We all know the saying, “What comes around goes around.”…and I think this general saying is a good principle of life.  But don’t caught up in the Health & Wealth Gospel who loves to use passages like this to show proof that God wants to give you a easy, fianicially rewarding career if you just turn to Him and give.  Praise God that He will give to us generously…but it is not going to always be through monetary blessings…there is so many more types of blessings God outpours to us!  The most valued treasures are those that are not rewarded here on Earth..rather in Heaven by our Lord!  This I believe is the true reaping of our giving!
 
Regarding application…Testing.  Vs. 3, “But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.”  Paul had been boasting about the Corinthians giving…now He would make sure by sending some brothers to “test” and see if they were passing the grade.  Just like teachers “test” you to see if you are learning what you say you are…Sometimes, it is okay for Christians to “test” and make sure so that we can be accountable and ensure the Gospel is not being hindered.  That is why our YG strives to do SAG (Student Accountabilty Groups) so that we can “test” each other daily in order to make sure the other is living for the Lord!  There can be no “lone rangers” in the Christian life and sometimes “testing” can be a very good thing!  If it is good, we can be encouraged all the more…If the testing comes up bad, then we must search ourselves.  No one likes a “Test” in school, jobs, or the Christian life…but sometimes we must always be ready for those “pop quizes” and “Tests” in our Christian lives