For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12
Recommended Reading – 2 Corinthians 9:11-15
The founding pastor of a large church led the congregation to pray for a serious need the church had in its early days. When God met the need in a dramatic fashion, the story of that miraculous intervention was told around the world. Years later, the pastor would say that wherever he traveled, Christians would ask him about the miracle answer that God provided in their hour of need.
Good news spreads! Paul wrote to the Corinthians and told them that their generous gift to the church in Jerusalem was causing “many thanksgivings to God” to be offered up—and not just by the recipients of the gift in Jerusalem. In addition, other Christians in other churches were glorifying God for the obedience and generosity of the Corinthians’ gift. That is always true whenever we give. We thank God and the recipient thanks God—and everyone who hears about the generous gift thanks God, too. Sowing the seed of a gift results in the multiplied fruit of thanksgiving.
You may never hear all the thanks that arise from your gifts and good works. But don’t let that stop you. God hears them all.
A giving Saviour should have giving disciples.
J. C. Ryle