2 Corinthians 9:6-8 says, “Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.”
I have had several conversations lately about giving. Almost every time, it seems like people want to find out how little can they can give and still please God. They ask questions like, is a tenth still applicable; do I tithe from my gross or net; is $50 a week enough to give. The question should never be how little can I give and get away with it, but should be, how much can I sacrifice for my God to honor Him.
Verse six of our scripture is very clear. When you sow sparingly you reap sparingly, and when you sow generously you reap generously. A tenth should be our starting point, but, we should strive to give beyond that. Our giving should be sacrificial in nature, not giving from our leftovers, but giving our first and best fruits.
Verse 7 tells us that we should do this from the decision made in our hearts. It goes on to say that we shouldn’t do this reluctantly or from necessity.
I would never want to get you to give through pressure. The only proper gift is from the heart. Please don’t allow someone to guilt you into giving. A gift given from guilt is no gift at all. Decide in your heart how much you and your family can give to God’s kingdom before you ever enter in to the church service. Do it after much prayer, so that it will be what God has placed on your heart.
In that same verse, he tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. So, after you have prayed and decided what you will give; allow yourself to rejoice as you put in the offering. A believer should have a smile on their face, and joy in their heart when that money hits the offering plate. They can do this, because they know that the gift given from the heart will be used in God’s church.
Churches do not exist without faithful giving. Staff cannot be paid, the lights cannot stay on, vans and buses cannot be run, ministries cannot be funded, and missions cannot be successful. If all God’s people would be cheerful givers, we would never have to say we don’t have enough money to meet a need.
Verse 8 tells us that because of that giving, God will always give us everything we need. And if you continue reading, it lets us know why he meets our needs.
He meets our needs, so we can carry out the work he has in store for us. As Christians, we are called to do good works. When we are faithful givers, god blesses us and provides all we need to do just that.
So, Christian, are you giving the way you should to the local church? Are you doing it abundantly? Are you doing it from the heart? Are you doing it with a smile on your face? Are you receiving the blessings from God and using them to accomplish the calling he places on your life?
Rise, you man or woman of God and give like you’ve never given before.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.