2 Corinthians 9:7
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.
Written by: Larry Van Laar
In the first chapter of the first page of scripture we read the God of creation chose to create humans in His image or likeness (Gen 1:26). This set humanity apart from every animal in creation. It even set humanity apart from the angels. An unbridgeable chasm has been created between all of creation and God—except for humans. If fact, God said, I will create humanity to be like Me. This means humans embody God’s personality (knowledge, feeling and will), morality (ability to make moral judgements), and spirituality (we are made for communion with God).
One of God’s most endearing traits is that He is a giver. He is a cheerful giver. Just like a human father that gives good gifts to his children and smiles, so too does the Lord. It’s more than a simple act of obedience which can sometimes be with a begrudging or reluctant heart (although that is usually where we begin). The word “cheerful” comes from the Greek word hilaros which is the root word for our English word hilarious. God wants our giving posture to be one of ecstatic delightfulness because that is how He gives. And we have that ability because He created us to be like Him.
There are few things in life that can transform us into His image and likeness more steadily than when we give with cheerful enthusiasm.
Thought of the day: Some people have more to give than others. The amount is not the point. The point is that whatever we give is given with a cheerful heart. If you want to give more, then ask the Great Giver Himself for more so you can give more.
When you do give your tithe, a giggle will rise from within—it is the fingerprint of God on your being. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, I want to be a cheerful giver. I pray that when I give You would nurture and cultivate absolute giddiness in my heart. Whether it is a tithe at church or a tip at a restaurant, make me a person that exemplifies Your generosity with ecstatic delightfulness. Amen.