In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul invites the church to participate generously in a special collection for the poor in Jerusalem. He inspires the Corinthians to give generously by mentioning the charitable example set forth by the Macedonian churches.
Then, Paul presents the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as another example to motivate their generosity. “Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (8:8-9).
Finally, Paul just puts it to them straight by using an agricultural analogy. He says, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (9:6). So, farmer Brown, what size financial harvest will you bring home this year?