Giving Gladly (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 142)
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
Begrudged giving is offensive to God and unhelpful to other people. Nobody wants your help, no matter how generous it may appear to be, if you are giving it with the wrong heart, motive, and attitude. If we are willingly generous and giving gladly of our time, talents, resources, and finances, God will gladly and abundantly return the favor in our lives. And many times, it will be above and beyond what we gave to begin with.
We do not and should not give to get something back. But this is how God works. If you sow good things, you open the door for God’s blessings to be made manifest in your life. When we sow, we, in effect, ask for God to bless us. God will not bless an unhappy or unwilling giver. Remember, God does not need what we have. He owns everything to begin with. He wants us to give to Him and to others in this way because this is a source of blessing for us.
Sowing requires obedience. When we are obedient to God in sharing what He has blessed us with with others, He is faithful to provide us with what we need, every day, throughout the day, in every condition and circumstance. To continue reaping, we must continue sowing. This is a process of continuous obedience to God and a demonstration that we believe in His promises. As you give to others gladly, you will experience a harvest of blessings that run over the cup and cause your soul to rejoice.
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
— Zig Ziglar