2 Corinthians 9:8 - You Will Abound In Every Good Work

For the past few years, a yellow index card has hung in my kitchen window, held up by a clothespin and leftover fabric scraps. Written on the card is a verse that has given me strength when I felt like I didn't have it in me to keep going.

"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."
2 Corinthians 9:8

Sometimes it was something small - like washing a huge pile of dishes that I just didn't want to face. Or to repent of the selfish bitterness building up in my heart towards someone else. Or to ask for joy instead of wallowing in self-pity when the electricity or water was cut off, again.

Paul was talking about financial generosity when he wrote these words in 2 Corinthians, but he went on to apply it to all of life: you will abound in every good work.

It's a promise that God makes to his people. He will bless us abundantly, so that we can overflow in love in serving others.

He promises to give us - you, me - all that we need to do the work he's called us to. In every season of life and in every situation.

Maybe that work is an actual career - meeting deadlines, creating new products, serving customers. Maybe it's within our homes - wiping dirty faces and bums, washing clothes, cooking food. But I think more than anything, it's ministry - our ministry to our families, to our neighbors, to our friends, and within our church communities - living and loving in a way that points others to Jesus.

And the part that I really cling to, is the "abound" part. I won't just scrape by, or be given the bare minimum. God promises that his blessings will be abundant, so that our service can be abundant. Why is that important? Because it reminds me that my ability to do good works doesn't come from my innate goodness. It comes from God's blessings. 

So when I'm feeling lost or out of energy or just not enough, I look at that Scripture. And I know what I need to do: turn to the Father and trust him to give me what I need to continue loving him and loving others. 

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