“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Here is something preachers say a lot: Give until it hurts. You’ll be happy to know that’s not my message today, because it’s nonsense. The Bible says to give until you’re hilarious and lighthearted!
Are you kidding?
Lesson 1: It all belongs to God. Everything we have. It’s His.
Lesson 2: The starting point (not the destination) in faithful giving is the tithe (10% of what we earn). The first 10% – not the last. If we don’t do this, God’s Word says we are a robber. What? Yes, we’re robbing God, and robbers are simply low class thieves. Malachi 3:8 says, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.” But you ask, “How do we rob You?” “In tithes and offerings.” We don’t even need to pray about whether or not to tithe. That would be like praying about whether or not we ought to rob a bank. On certain actions, the Bible is clear about what to do.
Lesson 3: Cheerful giving is Biblical. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, the word for “cheerful” actually means hilarious or lighthearted. Once we realize all we have is God’s and show we believe through tithing, then the real adventure in giving begins. Seeking God’s will about where to give and how much to give is a spiritual experience that enriches our relationship with Christ. When we do this in faith, we become happy – so happy, that we feel all good inside.
So, don’t give till it hurts – give until you’re hilariously happy!