2 Corinthians 9:10-11(NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
I live in the big city and there are fewer and fewer farms outside the city as mode developers take over and buy the land to develop more housing. Real Estate is a booming market and farming is not a booming market. In fact, you hear of farmers throwing in the towel and selling their business as the big corporations have economies of scale and squeeze out the smaller players. Although there is less farming, there are still many people who garden and can go their local home improvement store or garden center to buy seeds and soil mix. Following instructions, you can put in a few seeds or many seeds to grow your garden.
Paul was teaching that what you put in is what you get out. This applies to all that we do. If we put effort into any endeavor, we can have great success. If we put very little effort, we will not do very well. This applies to school, your work and even your garden. In this case, if we are generous with our gifts that God has blessed us with, then this will result in thanksgiving to God. Giving us not to bring us credit of any kind of how generous we are, but brings awareness to the poor that there is a God who is at work through us.