“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (1 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Money has a powerful place in our lives. God uses it to meet our needs and to help others. It is a tool to put love in action and a means to spread the good news about Jesus around the world. Money can become an idol, but it can also bring great spiritual maturity. When it has a proper place in our lives, it is a powerful tool in God's hands.
One of the secrets to putting money in its proper place is to be a generous giver. Giving money away is one of the most important ways to keep its power under God's control. Jesus warned us, “We cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13). Generous giving puts our money in God's service.
But generous giving does not happen overnight. We learn how to be generous givers by following the key verse quoted above. We ask God what He wants us to give, give it with a cheerful heart and then watch generosity grow. It is a simple formula, but it opens the door to great blessing.
Would you ask God, right now, what He would like you to give? Give it cheerfully and discover some of the joy of generous giving. With the start of a new year, take time to make a plan to give on a regular basis throughout the year, seeking guidance from the Lord through prayer. Without a plan, our human tendency is not to exercise generous giving and we often miss out on the joy that comes from being obedient to the Lord's leading when we see our gifts used for His glory.
Question: As you manage your money, has generous giving been a goal?
Challenge: Do not be afraid of generous giving. It can be one of God's great blessings in your life.
Prayer: God, you own everything, including my bank account. How do you want me to use that money for Your glory?
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks