II 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.

 There is a story in I Kings 17 about a widow and her dying son meeting Elijah. He asks the widow for something to eat but she replies she has only enough food left to cook a last meal for herself and her son. But Elijah tells her not to fear and that she will have enough for many years. She has faith and does what Elijah tells her, knowing full well it may kill her and her son. But God is faithful and overflows her with blessings.

Have you ever experienced a time when God called you to give beyond your means? It is so hard to follow through and do it. We live in a world where we’re taught to penny pinch because we never know what the future will bring. We have become so stingy it’s hard to find people who even give 10% to Jesus anymore. But here’s the thing: God calls us to give out of our need not out of our excess and to do it cheerfully. He doesn’t want us to give as if we were getting our teeth pulled.

God is a God of abundance. And when we are faithful He will never let us run dry. But giving doesn’t necessarily have to mean giving money. Perhaps you really do have nothing to give, so why not try giving your time by helping others instead. Though, I will also challenge you, even if your money is tight, to continue to be a cheerful giver and you will find God blessing you in miraculous ways. Sometimes God calls us to do things deemed crazy by the world so our faith can grow. Allow your faith to grow by trusting in Him.

QUESTION 1. In what ways are you a cheerful giver? Can you even call yourself a cheerful giver?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever experienced God’s blessings after giving beyond your means?
CHALLENGE: Give your time and money to God, in faith, and he will bless you in abundance.
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