THE LIFE OF A GIVER
“ Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful give” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
A giver is not someone who gave, but one who has made giving his lifestyle; someone who gives liberally, regardless of what he has. A giver never has to be convinced to give because it’s his nature to do so. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” This scripture is a revelation by which the giver lives. He never appears in God’s house empty-handed; he is prompt to give and always seeks to out-give his past.
This lifestyle of giving is what we’ve been called to as Christians. You should always be excited and quick to respond whenever there’s an opportunity for you to give. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, we’re admonished to give much when it comes to giving to the Lord: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” Now, notice this scripture didn’t say “Those who earn more should sow more while those who earn little should sow little.”
You must understand that your giving is determined by your revelation of God’s Word and not on the amount of money you receive. The Bible says where the Spirit of the Lord is, there’s liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). That means you’re at liberty to give joyfully and as bountifully as you want to. If Jesus could sit at the temple to observe how and what people gave as offerings (Mark 12:41-44), it lets you know how important giving is to God. He’s still observing and blessing us today for the way and manner we give to Him.
Take up the lifestyle of a giver. Don’t give sparingly, but lavishly and extravagantly to God, knowing that you can never out-give Him.
2 Corinthians 9:8