The One Year Bible reading for today in 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 definitely fits with ‘Labor Day’ week.
We have heard that “you reap what you sow” or “you get out what you put in”. How true are these statements?  
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 
In (v.6), there seems to be validation to those statements. We actually reap far more than what we sow through our giving. What we give to the Lord He multiplies. We need to learn to give without hesitation or second thoughts (v.7) and the faith in knowing he provides more than we need (v.8).
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[e] in you.
Hang on to and handle your financial responsibilities but shift the financial worries to God. Allow your generosity to supersede your worries and God will be praised (v.11). Instead of feeling pressured to be generous and give, we should view giving as an act of obedience. Demonstrating this act of trust shows the belief that God ultimately provides all our needs.
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.
We’ll never know everything that God has in store for our time, gifts, and monetary giving as He reaps far more from what we sow.
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Going through the motions?

Sometimes I find myself kind of standing for the praise part of worship and sitting for the message part of worship without being as engaged as I could be. I find myself distracted by other things, outside of worship that certainly have no bearing on my worship of my God.  While I don’t feel that I fall into the condemnation of the wicked as I read the second half of this Psalm, I certainly am pulled to focus on my worship more after reflecting on God’s word. 

God does not want just worship

God doesn’t need anything.  Everything in the world already belongs to him.  It is our duty and his desire for us to worship him as the supremely beautiful and all-satisfying Object.  It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.  It is, of course, not the only way.  But for many of us, the fair beauty of the Lord is revealed chiefly while we worship Him together. 

Worship with your whole heart not your holed heart.

C.S. Lewis once pointed out that those who never come to know and praise God will have lost the greatest experience and, in the end, have lost all. The psalmist is pretty clear here on what God would say to the wicked person that goes through the proscribed steps of being a follower but cast His words behind them and joins in with other evil people and behaviors.  Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless, I will show my salvation [psalm 50:23]

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