When things stop moving they become stagnant. For example, water stagnates when there is no current, or circulation. Economies stagnate when business stops developing and growing. And, in the same way, Christians can become stagnant when certain Kingdom principles are not in operation.
In 2 Corinthians Chapter 9, Paul admonishes the church at Corinth to sow generously. Why? “Because God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8). Paul promises the saints that every expression of liberality will not only make them “rich” but will have an eternal impact since it will “result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
There is a clear pattern here: An overwhelming generosity will produce acts of service that will produce many expressions of thanksgiving to God. As Paul states, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12).
Imagine a wave of thanksgiving rushing past God’s throne. “What is that?” an angel asks. The Lord answers, “Those are the saints in Haiti. They’re giving thanks because the saints in New York gave generously.”
Paul goes on to say that something even better happens. “And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” (2 Corinthians 9:14). Now, those people whose needs have just been abundantly supplied are offering prayers on behalf of the others who just gave. Isn’t that amazing? I’d call that God’s remedy for spiritual stagnation!
Whatever need you can supply, whatever act of sacrifice you can make, do it with all eagerness and enthusiasm! Sow generously! Give lavishly!
Now that’s Kingdom economy!