God Loves a Cheerful Giver
“You can’t out give God!” a preacher once said. How right he was! Few believed him that day, but over time, his words were proven to be true. The Apostle Paul teaches what is required to become a cheerful giver in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (KJV):
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Paul says you must be willing to relinquish what you have, in order to reap the reward from God. Unfortunately, most of us don’t discover this truth because we hold on to our resources rather than spread them around. Debt is rampant throughout the world, so according to the world’s thinking it makes sense to conserve our resources so there will be enough to go around.
God’s Principle of Giving
God’s principle is just the opposite of the world’s thinking. Consider the words of Jesus in Luke 6:38:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
This principle of giving is one of the most amazing statements Jesus made in his sermon to the multitudes gathered that day in the plain. He says give and it will be given to you again. Give and you get it back? Absolutely, in fact He gives more.
The Giving Heart
When a neighbor comes to your door to borrow a cup of something, do you give more than what is requested, or do you give just enough? Do you give just what is required or do you give what you know is needed? Giving is really a matter of the heart.
Jesus would have taken that cup of something and filled it up, then He would have patted it down if it were dry, and added even more. So should we give. The giving heart gives abundantly with no fear, knowing that God provides for our needs.
Does it happen that God doesn’t provide for our immediate need exactly when we want it? Of course, sometimes God allows us to be deprived so our neighbor can be supplied. It’s a lesson in trust and faith.
Giving grudgingly demonstrates a lack of faith, and a lack of love for your neighbor. God gave His Son to die on a cross that we might be saved. He gave everything. In comparison, we give very little. Consider the poor widow who gave her two mites. That was all she had. Yet she gave it willingly. Then there are those who give out of their abundance. Their gift isn’t even a sacrifice.
God wants us to sacrifice for the sake of others, just as He did His Son. You see, if you are willing to sacrifice what is of value to you, then you will reap the blessing. You will be richly blessed by God. He knows your needs and He does provide. Giving demonstrates faith and trust. Blessings come when your love for Him is first and foremost in your life.