Giving: A Matter of Willingness and Heart


Giving is a matter of a heart surrendered to God. And giving is not a matter of having enough to give.  The Apostle Paul helps us understand: “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ‘

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2Corinthians 9:6-8, 10-11, 15

When it comes to giving, there should be no pressure. No pressure exerted and no pressure felt. Some people believe that the church has its hand out and is just looking to fleece the people. There are some swindlers out there who have earned that reputation with private jets and luxurious homes purchased on the backs of parishioners. That’s wrong.

Giving is between you and God. It’s a matter of the heart. Giving is a matter of a heart surrendered to God. God gives the amazing gift of his grace and provision to each of us. He then motivates us with generous and cheerful spirits to give from his provision. No pressure. Inspiration. From the heart.

The teaching in vs. 6 is not a threat. It’s an explanation of God’s grace. God blesses those who consider their things to be God’s things. He supplies the seed to the sower. He will increase your store of seed and he will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You might say, I don’t have enough to sow generously. I don’t have an increased store of seed. My seed cupboard is bare…

Let’s go back to chapter 8 for a moment. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” God’s view of your gift is based on what you have. It’s not based on how empty or full your cupboard is. God’s view of your gift is based on your willingness with what you have.

And so we see that the story of the widow who gave two coins (Luke 21:1-4) is true. Jesus said, “This poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” The widow was willing. And what the widow gave out of what little she had was more sacrificial than those who skimmed off the top.

Giving is a matter of the heart surrendered to God. We want to make it about what other people have or about those who do wrong or manipulate others to give to scams. Avoid the scammers and stop looking at others. Make giving a matter between you and God and sow generously from the heart.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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