“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” — 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
One Sunday, while working in West Africa, I attended a local church service. The “building” was not much in appearance; a simple tent-like structure covered by rows of folding chairs. But the church was packed. Much like services in the U.S., people sang, Scripture was read and the pastor preached.
But when it came time for people to give their tithes and offerings, something unexpected happened: Instead of passing an offering plate, individuals went to the altar to put their donations in a basket. And as these people who lacked so much were giving what little they had to the Lord, they were dancing, singing and rejoicing.
It reminded me of 2 Corinthians 9:7, which says in part, “For God loves a cheerful giver.” In God’s economy, it is not how much we give but how we give that is important. We are not to give reluctantly or under compulsion. Instead, we are to give joyfully. And giving is not limited to money. We are to give our time, talent and treasure.
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is an excellent example. He allowed his travel plans to be interrupted to aid an injured man. He used his talent to care for the man’s injuries. He gave his money to pay for his housing. No one forced him; he was a joyful giver.
God desires we do the same. What time, talent or treasure can you joyfully give today?
— Karen Zando, NWSL’s Orlando Pride chaplain
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