It is easy to become protectors of what God has given us rather than those who are generous in how we share it with others. But when we become protectors, we are the losers. Cheerful giving matters not only because it reflects the nature of God, but because we benefit also.
As we give generously, God gives generously. It’s like we open up the pipeline and the blessings flow through us to others. Jesus said “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Lk 6:38). The more we give, the more God gives.
Once we get into the habit of cheerful giving, it is surprisingly how amazingly blessed we become. A lifestyle of giving opens up our relationship with God and brings its own reward. Things begin to happen.
It’s not that we are making a deal with God, as if we give so he must give back to us in a multiplied way. If that were the case, we wouldn’t be a cheerful giver. Rather, when we give with gratitude, cheerful and free of expectation, it’s like there is a fringe benefit. God keeps the processes going; he gives so we can keep on giving.
Are you a cheerful giver? Whether it is money, resources or time, giving can become a way of life with a goal to give something every day. Don’t wait until the day you have the resources to do so – God has given each of us so much already!
Whether it is a smile or a compliment, money, time or a listening ear, just give it to another person, bless them, and watch to see what God does with it.
Stephen L Baxter