“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”
2 Corinthians 8:7
Believers in scriptures had a good reputation for giving towards the spread of the gospel. Paul attested to this in many of his letters.
This act is not outdated in our day. It shouldn’t be! Our resolve to give should be stronger knowing fully well that people’s gifts helped bring the gospel to us.
As such, we will sponsor it till every ear hears this glorious news.
We also have a responsibility to give to others in need, especially to fellow believers within and outside our local church.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Giving is our nature because our Father is a Giver. Matthew 7:7,11. Not only does he give us good gifts, He gave us the best.
Through the sacrifice of His Son, we have life eternally! (John 10:28). Through the giving of His Son, His Spirit now dwells in us.
Jesus also laid a precedence for us by keeping a purse for the poor. There are people around you that are in need of something. Don’t wait to be asked, just go ahead and bless others with your substance.
Today’s devotional is termed Christian Giving because there is a right way to go about giving as a Christian.
First, we give, not so we can be blessed, but because we have been blessed already. Even though the former is inevitable, the latter should be our driving force.
Next, we do not give to show off. We give with humble hearts in adoration of the One who blessed us in the first place. Giving should not be an occasion to show the extent of your wealth so as to receive accolades from others. It is a service to God.
Then, we give cheerfully, not grudgingly. Giving should not be forced. At the same time, you need not be cajoled. Giving is a natural response in Christ.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Our generosity must always be backed with the right attitude.
It is not enough to have this knowledge, ensure you are not found lacking in this act of generosity.
Make giving your lifestyle.