Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7–8)
The Christian life is a giving life. This is the direct opposite of what the world tells us we need in order to be happy. Most of the messages of the world are directed at self-consuming activities, saying you need to have certain possessions and experiences in order to be fulfilled. These messages emphasize being a “getter” rather than a “giver.”
When we speak of giving, we are not talking about just money. Remember, we have three Ts: time, talent, and treasure. Time and talent are just as important as any treasure we might have. When we give, we place ourselves in a position where God can abundantly bless in ways beyond what we could ever think or imagine.
Jesus said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal” (John 6:27, ESV) When we give our time, talent, and treasure, we are converting the perishable into the imperishable things of God that will echo into eternity.
Instead of “getting” in this world, we must focus on “giving” to those endeavors that will echo into eternity.
Today, ask yourself:
In what ways am I giving my time, talent, and treasure to the eternal things of God?