This week I am going to do a five part series on being a cheerful giver. It is an addition to the message that I spoke last Sunday that I feel needs more time than a service will allow. Each day I will post a portion of the series. Make sure to check back each day.
2 Cor 9:7 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.” (NLT)
The Reluctant Giver
Before we can talk about the marks of a cheerful giver we need to discuss the two characteristics of bad giving. The first is the reluctant giver and the second is the guilty giver.
The Reluctant Giver is one who gives (usually not fully) because he knows he has to but has no desire in his heart. A typical giver in this category is one who knows it is right but has so many other things they could use that money for. They usually convince themselves to do it by saying that they get a tax write off for it and they usually complain or comment about it as well.
My advice to these people is don’t give. What? Am I telling people to be disobedient? No, but I am telling them that it does no good if the attitude is not right. Giving is a choice, an act of obedience. We should obey God out of the joy of our heart not to the regret of our desires.
How do we overcome reluctance? We get a fresh perspective on why God calls us to give. Just as he challenged the rich young ruler to sell all he calls us to be obedient through sacrifice. Do you trust God to do more with the 90% than you can with the 100% of your money? If not then I would ask God to work on your faith. Be careful He might just do it.