Living for Jesus
Becoming Cheerful Givers
The basis for cheerful giving comes from the love that we receive from God. “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16). God loved and continues to love. His nature is both loving and giving. Because of His love for us, He promises to supply all of our needs. Paul said, “He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
With the love and grace that we receive from our heavenly Father, we are changed from self-centered to God-centered people. With God in control of our lives, we can begin to trust and depend on Him. Filled with God’s love, we will love and give cheerfully. Christ’s nature will be seen in our giving to others.
Jesus provided the model of giving one’s self to others. He “…did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Christ willingly and cheerfully accepted this humble position to give and serve others. Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15).
As His stewards, we are called to give cheerfully to the needs of others. In giving to the needy, we are reminded of the words in Matthew 25:40, “…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these bothers of Mine, you did for Me.”
Dear Father in heaven, we pray for a giving spirit. Lord, enable us to give our time, talents, and treasures cheerfully. In Jesus’ precious and holy name we pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
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