Giving! While this is an area between each of us and the Lord, we should be challenged by verse 6 and look boldly at what motivates us. Thanksgiving to God for His indescribable gift is the motivation behind all true giving.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
There is much encouragement and rebuke for us in this passage, and in this single verse.
Too often we can be both compelled and trying to compel others in what we see as “giving”.
More time to be spent doing things at church, more effort needs to be involved in the activities, we’re not getting enough people at these things so we must not be putting in enough effort.
This truth from God’s word, that He loves a cheerful giver – It must resound through our lives.
Choose to give, and give cheerfully!
Jesus tells us in Luke 6,
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return,”
This is the heart-attitude we must have!
And we can be a cheerful giver, because we have been given so much!
* Father God,
Thank You for the gift of eternal life, a hope that cannot be taken away!
Thank You for the gift of salvation, our great debt paid in full!
Thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, our great Saviour, King and Lord!