“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
When giving is done with the right attitude, it can be a gateway for God to move in significant ways in our lives. It is important to remember that it is not the amount we give that matters so much as it is the attitude that characterizes our giving. God loves it when we give out of a cheerful and grateful heart.
God’s loving of a cheerful giver results in God taking action in our lives. Scripture states unequivocally that God will make all spiritual and earthly blessing abound to us so we can multiply our efforts for the kingdom. This is why I believe giving provides a major gateway for God to work in our lives, we can expect God to visit us. Jesus will fellowship with the cheerful giver, and the Holy Spirit will impart life to out mortal bodies. When we weave a pattern of giving into our lives, we can expect God to visit us. Jesus will fellowship with the cheerful giver, and the Holy Spirit will impart life to our mortal bodies.
When we give of our treasure, it shows there is a conversion of our wallet and bank account from the temporal to the eternal. It helps to break the force of greed in our lives, enabling God to have access to what is so important to so many of us. When we give of our time or our talent, we demonstrate our dependence on God to use our abilities to further advance his kingdom. We are turned outward, rather than inward: What can I do for others? rather than, What can I do for myself?
God is giving us the opportunity to partner with him in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of people in this world. He has promised to reward us, even though we are simply giving back a portion of what he already owns. We are the stewards of his provisions.
Take a moment and think about your attitudes about your giving. Are you cheerfully taking advantage of the opportunities to give that God is presenting to you? If you don’t give regularly to God’s work, ask the Holy Spirit to show you one small step that you can take in that direction.
giving with a willing heart.
“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” (Deuteronomy 15:10)