HOW DO YOU GIVE?


2 Corinthians 9:6-9 – “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”  NKJV

I’ve known people in my years of Christian service that would be quite generous providing the spotlight was shined squarely upon them, and they were lauded and praised for their generosity.  They wanted the praise of men and would never give anonymously.  I’ve known others who would restrain their giving if it could not be done without fanfare and notice.  Both gave but one gave in a way that God loves and the other gave in a way that they loved. 

In this passage the subject is not just giving but how you give.  The admonition and clear fact scripturally is that if you put little in you get little out.  It’s like the old story that I heard when I first began preaching about a man who had prepared all week to speak at a small country church and when Sunday arrived he took his young son with him to the service.  As they entered the church they noticed a box in the back that was locked and the father took a half-dollar and dropped it through the slot. 

The service began and the man delivered his heart and God moved in a special way.  At the conclusion of the service, the pastor handed him a key and said the box in the foyer is our offering box and whatever is in it is yours for the service.  The man and his son went to the box and he opened it to find only the half-dollar he had dropped in.  His young son looked at him and said, “Well dad, if you had put more in you, would have gotten more out.”  We truly reap what we sow, later than we sow, and more than we sow.  That is a natural and spiritual principle that is timeless and infallible.

The issue of giving was further presented that God’s desire is for, giving to be done “cheerfully.” It is not out of necessity or grudgingly or even for show but cheerfully and the amount is to be what is purposed in the heart.  God will direct each of us the amount He has chosen to give through us.  Paul tells his listeners that as you do that God is not only able but will make All Grace abound toward the cheerful giver so that they will Always have All Sufficiency in All Things and may have an abundance for Every Good Work! That sounds like God is going to “give good measure, shaken down, and running over” to us so that we can Give Cheerfully !

I’ve observed people squeeze their gift so tightly that if it were a pig it would have squealed.  They gave but not cheerfully.  They gave because they had a religious sense that if they did not they would be condemned.  They gave out of fear, not faith.  They gave out of an unwilling heart rather than cheerfully.  They gave because a sense of guilt not because of love and joy to do so. 

God is not broke so if you cannot give cheerfully you would be as well off in the eyes of God keeping your money it will profit you little.  But, if you realize that everything you have is a direct result of God’s grace and provision and that He has allowed you the privilege of sowing into His field and that God will never fail to provide a harvest on seeds that we sow in the good ground for good purposes with a cheerful heart.  I do not suggest giving to obligate God but give because you love God and are thankful for what He has given you.

May God bless you as you go through your day!

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