“Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
This week we are looking in Finances, as it relates to how we give and how we live.
I used to be a cheerful giver. Tithing, giving my time serving in my church, leading men’s groups, doing works of service in my community through my church; until about 2019. That’s when I stopped – all of it! I had been attending the same church for over 10 years however, things began to change and truths began to come out about our giving and where it was and was not going. The truth hurt because we had been lied to. So, I stopped giving. Several months later I made the decision to leave that church. For a while, I just stopped going to church altogether. When I started attending another church locally, I kept a low profile in my giving and in my involvement in that church as well. I missed giving cheerfully. What was unexpected was Covid and being let go from the company I had worked for over 14 years at the time. Reluctantly, I applied for unemployment for the first time in my life. That’s when I started giving. Cheerfully! Not only in my church, but to two other ministries as well. I also started looking for opportunities to give in my own neighborhood. I had seen a man and his young family asking for money at our local Walmart so I parked and talked with him and listened to his story. I began to give him some money as well as occasionally cooking him and his family some burritos so they could eat while they were there. We prayed and he did get employed again!
Daily Battle Order:
Do you give gifts to others with an expectation that they are really going to like what they receive? God calls us to be cheerful givers so give – your time, talent, and treasure and give cheerfully – just like God gives to us.