BIBLE READING: II CORINTHIANS 9
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
God makes this principle very clear in His Word. You reap according to what you sow. You reap according to how much you sow. If you sow little, you reap the same. If you so much, you reap accordingly. So if you are a person that wants to bear fruit and reap a great harvest for the Lord, then we must be willing to give.
1. We must give from the heart
Many times when you give from the heart, it will not make sense in your brain. It might not make financial sense, and it might not translate well on paper, but if God lays something on your heart, then do it. Biblical giving comes from the heart.
2. We must give out of love
When you give out of love, no consequence or individual reaction will cause you to hold a grudge. I’ve seen people give, and yet they were expecting a certain reaction from a person, or some certain level of gratitude that is visible. When you get from the heart, there are no strings attached. There are no expectations to be kept.
3. We must give out of generosity
God wants us to be the kind of people that give because we want to. God does not want us to feel like we give because we have to, He wants us to give because we get to. Not because we think it is a necessity, but because we think it is a privilege.
4. We must give with joy
God loves a “cheerful” giver. Not just a giver, but a cheerful one. There is a difference. This is where it all comes together. A cheerful giver is a person that gives from the heart, gives out of a heart of love, and gives out of their generosity. Don’t you love the Word of God.