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Cheerful Giving
8/21/2012

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

I was listening to a Christian radio station this last weekend and the host was sharing a story about himself.  He said “When I was younger I drove an Oldsmobile—it’s one of those cars with a cool name, but it really wasn’t very cool.  One time it broke down at my girlfriend’s house, and her father let me use his car to go back to school.  Then he and his son proceeded to spend about $800.00 in parts and a lot of time, and they fixed my car.  They didn’t even know me, but they did this willingly for me, and they refused to take a penny.” 

He went on to speak about how this really made an impression upon him, and how he would never forget this man’s heart to help and to show grace. 

We know grace is unmerited favor, but grace is also the gift of giving.  Grace is a form of unconditional love and is probably one of the greatest ways to imitate God (Eph. 5:1).  It is an unwarranted generosity of spirit towards others, and it simply requires a heart willing to give something of great worth to those who are in need. 

I find grace to be one of the most beautiful things we can possess, and when it is given with a pure heart it sends out a shock wave of agape love to the one who receives it.  Just as in the case of this radio host, it will not be forgotten, and it will plant a seed within the heart of those who have been blessed by it. 

When we give to others we must do so with a proper heart.  We must give with the understanding that we have been given much and are only stewards of God’s great gifts.  I do not believe we can ever out-give God, but I do believe God desires us to give richly and with a happy heart.  The way I have always looked at it is this—I am just a garden hose, not the source of the water; I am simply a conduit used to deliver it.  God is the one who waters, and it is He who directs the hose where it is needed.  If I am willing to be used by God then He will use me to bless many people. 

This is a biblical principle and it doesn’t just apply to money, but to our time, talents, abilities, and other resources in our possession.  All these things are tools and are to be used in a way glorifying to God.  Unfortunately, we have been besieged by a cultural philosophy that promotes gathering and warehousing rather than receiving and distributing, but this is not what Jesus taught.

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s decide to be distributors for Christ today.  Let’s purpose in our hearts to be used by God to bless others with the things He has freely given us, such as mercy, grace, and His agape love. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 6:38, what did Jesus teach about giving to others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a distributor of the things God has blessed you with?

APPLICATION: Let’s purpose in our hearts to be used by God today, and pray about how we can be used to distribute what He has given unto us. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for every good gift You have given to us.  We thank You for our very life, Your mercy, grace, and agape love.  Help us to imitate You today and to freely give to others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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