Cheerful Giver


Number 0022

Source: Beacon, June 14, 1998
File Under: GIVING, STEWARDSHIP, 2 Cor 9

The Cheerful Giver

by Charles Box

God gives plain and clear instruction on acceptable giving. He teaches both concerning the manner and the amount to be given. God is a giver and He expects His children to give. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The cheerful giver opens his life to many blessings from God. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). Let us learn to be cheerful givers:

THE CHEERFUL GIVER SOWS BOUNTIFULLY…
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). Our giving must be a matter of generosity and not grudging obligation (2 Cor 9:5). The result of bountiful giving is the windows of heaven being opened and an abundance of blessings being poured out; so many the cheerful giver could not receive them all (Malachi 3:8-10).

THE CHEERFUL GIVER PLANS OR PURPOSES HIS GIVING…

Scriptural giving does not happen by accident. It is accomplished by thoughts and design. “So let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Those who make no plans in their giving offer God only the scraps. God expects and deserves more! Let us prayerfully consider our blessings and give accordingly.

THE CHEERFUL GIVER HAS A PART IN GOOD WORKS…
Christians give generously and many good works are accomplished. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). Doors are open for benevolence and evangelism. Liberal, cheerful giving makes possible an abundance of good works.

THE CHEERFUL GIVER WILL INCREASE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS…

There is no greater need than the need for righteousness in the lives of God’s people. God increases the fruits of righteousness in the life of the cheerful giver. “(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness)” (2 Corinthians 9:9-10). In cheerful giving Christians come to see righteousness developed in their lives and the lives of others.

THE CHEERFUL GIVER IS A GAINER, NOT A LOSER…

God, in providence, blesses the cheerful giver. “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your good, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). God blesses us with that which will supply the needs of our own family and also bless others through benevolence and evangelism. God will multiply the seed sown. You give cheerfully and God will help you do even more.

THE CHEERFUL GIVER IS A BLESSING TO MANY…

Christians should stand ready to bless saints and all men. “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for you liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men” (2 Cor 9:12-13). Cheerful giving will lead to God receiving glory. God is glorified when the poor are helped. This glory comes from all who are involved or who know of the things which are done.

THE CHEERFUL GIVER IS MOTIVATED BY GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT…

The precious gift of Jesus for our salvation motivates our giving. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). God’s wonderful gift stirs our heart to sincerity and cheerfulness in our giving and our service to others. God has blessed us by giving His Son. Let us be cheerful givers also.

Nothing blesses the life of a Christian more than cheerful giving. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). The grace of God and His great gift to us demands our cheerful and liberal giving. Does your giving please God?

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