But how is this possible? How can we have a heart like these Christians? How can we give with a cheerful heart and not grudgingly? Well the key is found in verse 5, “their first action was to give themselves to the Lord”, this was God’s will for them and us. See the problem in the church is not that the offering plate has no money it’s that the offering plate has no hearts! Jesus doesn’t want your money He wants your heart – all of you, all of your passion, and all of your devotion! When He has you the rest is easy.
Here are a few things about giving that can enrich our hearts: 1) Give out of your “own free will”, never do it carelessly, out of compulsion, fear, or obligation. 2) See giving as a “privilege” and seek to give more than to get. 3) Exercise faith by doing “more than” is expected of you, and you’ll see God honor your faith. Don’t let giving depend on your abundance or your lack thereof, always do it in faith as see how God can multiply it. Lastly but firstly 4) Give yourself “to the Lord” before you do anything for anyone else. Anything short of this is man centered and God won’t honor it.
- HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO BLANKET STATEMENTS LIKE “CHURCHES ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY” ? HOW HAS GIVING DRAWN YOU CLOSER TO THE LORD?
- "Giving may lighten your pocket but it adds weight to your heart" -Albert Garcia