Imagine that everybody is with God, and everybody is good. And imagine that nobody is worried about a thing, and nobody has a problem with giving whatever they have to those who have less so that everybody can live with what they need. The more good people in this world, the better the world would be. Nobody would fight with each other. Nobody would steal from each other. There would be no need to argue when mistakes are made, because we would all want to serve each other. We would all think, as scripture tells us to think, that seeing other people as better than ourselves is the best way.
The Lord would enjoy us a lot more if we lived like that. If we were all good and we all served each other like he wants us to serve each other. He would love it if we did that, and he has given us the ability to get there. But we won’t get there because we don’t always do what the Lord asks us to do. When we choose to do as we please without considering God’s will, he won’t put all of his goodness in us, and that matters a lot.
When we, however, give our talents and our skills to use for the Lord, he will put more goodness in us. “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. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).
What Paul is saying in that passage is that when we provide our resources and abilities to God’s work, God will make us good–he will make us ‘rich in every way’. He will make us joyful when we wouldn’t otherwise be joyful, and we won’t panic when we are weak because God will be strong in us, guiding us with our every step. And we will enjoy giving–we will want to give every chance we get–and we will find peace in the faith of God’s goodness living in us. And other people will see us giving and they will praise God because of us, and then their hearts will become passionate toward us. And they will send out their prayers and blessings for us. And that’s an amazing gift from God! (2 Corinthians 9:12-15).