I am still learning how to “excel in the grace of giving”. I have friends that are much better at it than me. Christ-directed giving should be different than the way the world encourages. That said, I know that God doesn’t love me more or less because I have given with pure or imperfect motives. So even in my imperfect and bumbling efforts to share with others, I get to experience God’s generosity!
Here is another principle about giving:
In God’s economy, attitude matters more than amount.
“God loves a cheerful giver” is actually from 2 Corinthians 9:7. I should not give out of compulsion or guilt. I should not allow myself to be manipulated. God wants me to give joyfully, cheerfully and willingly.
Paul wrote the Corinthians encouraging them to be eager and willing to give. Then he said, “For if the willingness is there, the gift is accepted according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” In other words, God weighs the attitude behind your gift, not the amount of your gift.
This tells me a lot about God. He is the Most Cheerful Giver! He is willing and eager, and always generous. I want my giving to reflect that. I want to be like Him in the way I give. I don’t want to give with pages of stipulations, fine print and expectations. So if I have given to you, don’t feel that you owe me a account of how you used my money. It is not mine anyway. Don’t relate to me as a donor. Consider me a partner and a brother who also wants to see God get the honor and glory He deserves.
In Christ’s love,
Chief Executive Officer