Giving, Getting, and Giving Again
II Corinthians 9:6-15
ILLUS: Many years ago, a young boy of 16 had decided to leave home because his father was too poor to support him any longer. So, the day came...he left home with all his worldly possessions in a bundle dangling from his hand, resolving as he journeyed, to set up in business as a soap maker in New York.
Remembering the last words of his mother and also the godly advice given him by the captain of a canal boat, the youth dedicated his life to God, determining to return to his Maker an honest tithe of every dollar he earned.
So, when his first dollar came in, he dedicated ten cents of it to the Lord. This he continued to do. And the dollars rolled in! Soon this young man became partner in a soap business; and when his partner died a few years later, he became sole owner of the business.
The prosperous businessman instructed his bookkeeper to open an account with the Lord and to credit to it one tenth of all his income. The business grew miraculously. The honest businessman now dedicated two-tenths of his earnings; and then three-tenths, four-tenths; and finally, five-tenths. It seemed as if his sales increased in exact proportion to his generosity, so that soon his brand of soap became a household word throughout the world. His name? William Colgate, of the famed Colgate Palmolive Company.1
INTRODUCTION: William Colgate learned something others have learned and some have never learned, and it is that God rewards faithfulness and sacrificial giving. It is with the idea that when we do give, God will give us more than we have given. Not only will He give in order to supply our personal needs, but in addition, He will give over and above in order that we might give again: (Vs. 8), ‘‘And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.’’
This morning I want to give you three things:
The Principle i ...
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