God loves happy givers
2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV) But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
I struggle to be generous. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
You and I struggle with giving generously because of sin. Sin moves us towards self-preservation and selfishness, not abundant giving.
Thankfully for us, the gospel abounds where we lack.
God’s loves cheerful givers and consequently wants us to become happy givers.
Before I go on to list some points about giving let say this— don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t been generous.
Paul is speaking to church members about the fact that they have excelled at everything but now need to excel at giving as well.
The gospel is not about beating you up for your flaws and failures but instead, it’s about giving grace where it isn’t deserved. And then transforming you through that grace to become who you’re meant to be—in this case, a cheerful giver.
How the Gospel makes Happy Givers
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Always start with Jesus. He is the hub on which everything revolves (Colossians 1).
And that is exactly where Paul points us—Jesus.
Paul reminds us that Jesus gave it all for us. He became poor so that we might become rich.
Anytime you are struggling to be rich just look to Jesus and remember what He has done.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
I think sometimes our objection to giving is that our gift doesn’t seem like much.
Ans typically it’s because we’re comparing it to what we know or think someone else’s gift is. But Paul tells us that God expects us to give according to what we have not what someone else has.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
As you’re thinking about giving remember that your giving will grow.
When you plant that seed of generosity your are placing that gift into the hands of God and He has the power to take something as small and insignificant as a small fish lunch and feed five thousand plus people.
This means the more you give, the more He will multiple.
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.
We don’t need to forget the reason we’re blessed.
God blesses us because He loves us, yes. But He also blesses us in order to bless others.
There is a reason you and I have the amount of time, money, and abilities—to give them away.
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
Generosity is not normal.
So when you give generously people notice and will begin to question why. And this is a great opportunity for you to point them to the reason you’re a happy giver—Jesus.
Others will praise God. The gospel will spread because of your generosity.
The is a much greater purpose in giving then we know.