If you’re scared to give generously, whether your time to serve others or your money to spread the gospel, Paul’s words are exactly what you need. “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). Paul is all about the fear-erasing “alls.”
“In all things at all times.” Good times, bad times. Tuition times, tax times. Got a raise times, lost my job times. That time and this time. God will bless you through it all.
“Having all that you need.” All the promises you need—the presence of God, the power of God, the mercy of God, the grace of God, the Spirit of God, the Son of God. All your heart really needs to be happy, to have hope, to breathe, to be blessed is God, and you have him because Jesus brought you back to him.
So “you will abound in every good work.” With God, you’re not scraping by in life. No bare minimums. No, you are abounding! Doing the exact works God lined up for you to do. This church to support. This poor family member to feed. This neighbor in need.
If you’re scared to give, remember that giving is like farming. A generous life is like a seed. And the God who created the sun and rain will provide it all to make that seed grow.